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Rebellious Lawyering Conference Feb. 20-22

The 15th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference will be held Friday, February 20, through Sunday, February 22, 2009, at Yale Law School. The annual, student-run conference brings together practitioners, law students, and community advocates 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 human rights challenges in Africa, U.S.-Mexico border issues, parole policies, farm animal welfare, hate crimes against Asian and Middle Eastern Americans, food policy and agricultural law, drug legalization, and the Iraqi refugee crisis. In addition, workshops focusing on hands-on, practical advocacy and lawyering skills will be offered. Topics include “Combating the Chaos of Immigration Raids: First Responder Training” and “The Nuts and Bolts of FOIA Litigation.”

Dan Mullkoff ’10, one of eight students organizing the conference, said, “The content comes completely from students, so its diversity reflects students’ wide array of interests and passions.” He added that in addition to the practitioner workshops, “we are excited to have issue-based networking meals to put students in touch with others from around the country who are working on similar areas of law.”

There will be two keynote speakers—Van Jones ’93 on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Yale Law School Visiting Lecturer Stephen Bright on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Van Jones is founding president of Green For All, an organization that promotes green-collar jobs and opportunities for the disadvantaged. He is also a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Green Collar Economy.  Stephen Bright is Visiting Lecturer and J. Skelly Wright Fellow in Law at Yale Law School. He is also president and senior counsel at the Southern Center for Human Rights, a human rights organization that deals with human rights in the criminal justice and prison systems.

For complete details about the Rebellious Lawyering Conference, including the schedule and online registration, visit the Reblaw website. Registration is free for members of the Yale, UConn, University of New Haven, and Quinnipiac communities and $30 for all others.