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Yale Law School Hosts 13th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference Feb. 23-25

The 13th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference will be held Friday, February 23, through Sunday, February 25, at Yale Law School.

The student-run conference brings together practitioners, law students and community activists to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change. Hundreds of participants from as far away as California, Arkansas and Puerto Rico will be attending.

The conference will feature seventeen panel discussions on timely topics ranging from eco-terrorism to Intelligent Design, and panel participants will include leading practitioners in the field. For example, the “Mobilizing for School Integration” panel will assemble a number of litigators deeply involved in the current Supreme Court litigation over race-conscious school assignment. Another panel will draw together grassroots activists and former State Department officials to ask the question, “Where is the Popular Movement Against Torture?”

Matthew Coles, author of Try This At Home!—A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Winning Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, will give the keynote address on Friday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m. Coles has been director of the ACLU's Lesbian & Gay Rights and HIV/AIDS Projects since 1995. Previously, he was involved in the landmark Supreme Court case Romer v. Evans and argued challenges to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. He also drafted and worked to pass several of California's first non-discrimination and domestic partnership laws.

On Saturday, February 24, at 5:45 p.m., the film, "Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson's American Journey," will be shown. Thelton Henderson was the first African-American attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Kennedy Justice Department in the 1960's and one of the first African-American federal judges in the United States. The film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Judge Henderson and the filmmaker, Abby Ginzberg.

“This year’s conference will focus even more than before on creating opportunities for conference attendees to meet one another and plan inter-law school campaigns and strategies for change,” said student coordinator Casey Pitts.

For more information about the Rebellious Lawyering Conference, or to register, visit the Reblaw website at http://islandia.law.yale.edu/reblaw/index.html. Registration is free for Yale, Quinnipiac, and University of Connecticut students.