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Rebellious Lawyering Conference Feb. 22-24

The 14th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference will be held Friday, February 22, through Sunday, February 24, at Yale Law School.

The annual, student-run conference brings together practitioners, law students, and community activists from around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change.

This year’s conference will feature more than a dozen panel discussions on such timely topics as minority ballot access, animal rights, environmental justice, immigrant detention conditions, progressive family law, class-action advocacy for the homeless, and the rights of Americans with disabilities.

William P. Quigley, author of Ending Poverty: Guaranteeing a Right to a Job at a Living Wage, will give the keynote address on Friday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m. Quigley is a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans and director of the school’s Law Clinic and Gillis Long Poverty Law Center. He has served as counsel with a wide range of public interest organizations and as an advisor to Human Rights Watch USA and Amnesty International USA.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2006 Camille Gravel Civil Pro Bono Award from the Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter and the 2006 Stanford Law School National Public Service Award.

On Saturday evening, February 23, the documentary film “Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story” will be shown. The film tells the story of three families in Yonkers confronting the politics and law of racial discrimination in housing and schools. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker William Kavanagh; Diane Houk, executive director of the Fair Housing Justice Center; and attorney/activist Gene Capello.

For complete details about the Rebellious Lawyering Conference, and to register, visit the Reblaw website. Registration is free for current Yale, Quinnipiac, and University of Connecticut students. For all others, the fee is $30, payable by credit card through the website.