* registration closes July 8th at 10am est *
BUILD POWER // FIGHT POWER
In collaboration with Movement Law Lab, a core group of seasoned movement lawyering practitioners and educators, invites you to Build Power // Fight Power -- an online introductory workshop on movement lawyering. From the crisis around COVID-19 to the growing movement for racial justice and Black Lives, we are in a historically significant moment which presents a critical need for lawyers, law students, and legal workers in supporting social justice movements. In response to this historical moment, and in collaboration with our core group of faculty, Movement Law Lab, in conjunction with our partners, seeks to provide an introductory orientation on movement lawyering to a high volume of lawyers, law students, and legal workers.
Despite the need for movement lawyers, movement lawyering is not what most of us we were exposed to in law school or what we were trained and encouraged to do as legal practitioners. Some of us are ready and willing to support these movements, but aren’t sure how to help. Others of us don’t know what movement lawyering means, but know that doing case after case isn’t going to solve the broader systemic problems. Finally, some of us are already connected to movements, but this moment presents new challenges and opportunities to push for change. In conjunction with our partners, we are offering this series to help us learn and reflect together on a lawyering approach based on building transformative change rooted in people power.
ABOUT THE COURSE
This five session, online course provides an incredible opportunity to learn from movement lawyering practitioners and educators! The the first session Movement Lawyering 101 covers theory, the second session What Are We Fighting For presents the dreams of visionary movement leaders, the third session Case Studies takes a look at movement lawyering in action and delves into the practice of movement lawyering, the fourth session Wisdom Sessions presents an open questions and answer space for participants and movements lawyers, and the fifth session Bringing it Home explores ways to reimagine legal practice. The course sessions are on Zoom for two hours, with the exception of Session 3 which is 1.5 hours. Sessions three and four are offered on several dates Open to all lawyers, law students, and legal workers interested in lawyering to support social justice movements. Participants register for all sessions at once. Participation in a prior session, or viewing the recording, is a prerequisite for attending later sessions.