Social Justice Lawyering

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Social Justice Lawyering

  1. 1. Social Justice Lawyering
  2. 3. “ The first thing I lost in law school was the reason that I came…”
  3. 4. “ I am not sure justice is being done, but I am following the law.”
  4. 5. Law Justice But you can help narrow the gap !
  5. 6. Though we say differently Justice is actually a counter-cultural value in the legal profession
  6. 7. Challenge : Hold on to the justice dreams that brought you to law school
  7. 8. Thousands of others have been able to do social justice law and make a living Katrina sample of examples
  8. 14. Scope of Damage Mississippi Louisiana Alabama Florida
  9. 15. 300,000 homes uninhabitable
  10. 16. Katrina Damaged 90,000 Square Miles Area from Boston to Baltimore Inland hundreds of miles
  11. 17. One Million Displaced
  12. 24. Response of Legal Community Incredible!
  13. 29. Advancement Project
  14. 31. USDC Civil Rights Action for Release of Misdemeanor Women <ul><li>Sep 20, 2005 federal civil rights action filed for misdemeanor women sent to Angola state prison – Paula Cobb, Nick Trenticosta, Carol Sobel </li></ul>
  15. 32. Lawyers Volunteer 24/7 to Identify Unknown Prisoners <ul><li>Phyllis Mann – interviewed over 2400 prisoners herself by September 13, 2005. </li></ul>
  16. 33. St. Bernard Parish: September 2005 Rent Only to Blood Relatives Ordinance
  17. 35. Waves of Evictions Hit New Orleans
  18. 36. Federal challenge to LA eviction laws – tacking 3 day notice
  19. 37. LA Secretary of State: “299,000 voters in N.O. not back”
  20. 38. NAACP LDF & Civil Rights Advocates file Voting Rights Action
  21. 39. FEMA - November 15, 2005 Quit paying for housing for nearly 60,000 homeless Katrina families residing in government paid hotel and motel rooms.
  22. 40. McWaters v FEMA to halt FEMA evictions <ul><li>*4500 hours of pro bono legal work by 20 lawyers private firm </li></ul><ul><li>Lawyers Committee Civil Rights & Public Interest Law Project </li></ul>
  23. 41. 8300 Prisoners Left in Cells
  24. 42. ACLU Report Abandoned & Abused
  25. 44. Criminal Courthouse Closed No Jury Trials No Witnesses No Victims Accused Still Lost in System
  26. 45. Criminal Evidence Room: Chest-deep Water
  27. 46. 6000 criminal case backlog – May 2006 <ul><li>Judges only in courtrooms part-time </li></ul><ul><li>Insufficient #s Public Defenders </li></ul><ul><li>Problems with Jail Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Absent retired or quit NOPD officers </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence problems </li></ul><ul><li>District Attorney problems </li></ul><ul><li>Displaced victims, witnesses </li></ul><ul><li>Backlog cut to 3000 by October 06; </li></ul><ul><li>Backlog cut to 2000 by December 06; </li></ul>
  28. 48. Pre-Katrina, 5000 families lived in public housing
  29. 49. June 2006 - 1040 families allowed to return to public housing <ul><li>HUD Announces </li></ul><ul><li>Demolition of </li></ul><ul><li>4500 Apartments </li></ul>
  30. 51. Class Action USDC Filed on behalf of 4500 families displaced from public housing
  31. 52. Federal suits filed to open public schools & stop wait list
  32. 53. USDC Class Action v FEMA Termination and Recoupment
  33. 54. Voter Purge Challenged in USDC
  34. 55. There are thousands of social justice lawyers
  35. 56. High profile Social Justice Lawyers
  36. 57. Shirin Ebadi Nobel Peace Prize Iran
  37. 58. Stephen Bright Southern Center Human Rights Admitted 1974 - Kentucky
  38. 59. Marian Wright Edelman Children’s Defense Fund Admitted 1960s
  39. 60. Kim Gandy President of NOW Loyola New Orleans 1978
  40. 61. Refuse the Standard Choices: “$-or- Good Work” Guantanamo Detainee Lawyers – hundreds – eg Neal Katyal & Lt. Commander Charles Swift
  41. 62. Lawyers Protest in Kashmir Against Human Rights Violations Committed in Local Jail – July 2004
  42. 63. Digna Ochoa Human Rights Defender Mexico City + 19 October 2001
  43. 64. Lawyers Protest Threat to Arrest Human Rights Lawyer A.S. Chahal in Chandigarh India
  44. 65. Marjorie Cohn President National Lawyers Guild
  45. 66. Brian Concannon & Mario Joseph Haiti Human Rights Advocates
  46. 67. You Make the Path by Walking – No Superhighway to Social Justice Judith Browne & Penda Hair – Advancement Project – Civil Rights
  47. 68. Pakistani Lawyers Protesting for Freedom of Judiciary – March 2007
  48. 69. Do not let anyone tell you it is impossible Chen Guangcheng Human Rights Defender Shandong China
  49. 70. Louise Arbour Prosecutor Yugoslavia War Crimes
  50. 71. Graham Russell – Human Rights Global Justice
  51. 72. Mary Robinson UN High Commission on Human Rights
  52. 73. Brian Stevenson Death Row Lawyer
  53. 74. Hassan Bubacar Jallow of Gambia Prosecutor Rwanda War Crimes
  54. 75. Carla del Ponte Chief Prosecutor War Crimes in Yugoslavia
  55. 76. Daniel Bekele Action Aid Ethiopia
  56. 77. Carol Bellamy UNICEF Director
  57. 78. Learn and Reclaim The History of Social Justice Lawyers A Sample Follows
  58. 79. James Stephen Abolitionist Advocate - 1807
  59. 80. John Quincy Adams Amistad Defender - 1840
  60. 81. Albion Tourgee – Admitted 1865 Ohio and North Carolina - Plessy v Ferguson (1896)
  61. 82. Arabella Babb Mansfield Admitted 1869 Iowa Suffrage Advocacy
  62. 83. Charlotte E. Ray First African American Woman Lawyer Admitted DC 1872 Suffrage Activist
  63. 84. Louis Brandeis Economic Social Political Justice – Admitted 1877
  64. 85. Instead of holding a position of independence between the wealthy and the people …able lawyers have… neglected to use their powers for the protection of the people Louis Brandies - 1905 Option for the Poor and Powerless
  65. 86. Clara Shortridge Foltz Women’s rights Public defender Admitted 1878
  66. 87. Clarence Darrow Union Defender Admitted Ohio 1878
  67. 88. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Barrister-at-Law – admitted 1891
  68. 90. Carol Weiss King Human Rights Lawyer Admitted 1920 1895-1952
  69. 91. Charles Houston, NAACP Counsel, Howard Law Prof. “A lawyer is either a social engineer or a parasite on society.”
  70. 92. Hope has two beautiful daughters: Courage and Anger. Augustine of Hippo
  71. 93. Max Hirschberg, Anti-Nazi Lawyer in Germany in 1920s and 1930s
  72. 94. Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights & U.S. Justice Admitted 1933
  73. 95. Nelson Mandela - Admitted 1944
  74. 97. Constance Baker Motley and Thelton Henderson Civil Rights Lawyers & Federal Judges
  75. 98. Social Justice Lawyers on the Front Lines Today
  76. 99. Astrid Puentes Riano Inter-American Association for Envronmental Defense Colombia Mexico Peru
  77. 100. Greg Schell Legal Services Farmworker Advocate - Florida
  78. 101. Tulika Srivastava – Women’s Rights India
  79. 102. Brian Kogoro Human Rights Zimbabwe
  80. 103. Laura Tuggle - Housing Advocate New Orleans
  81. 104. Vanita Banks National Bar Association
  82. 105. Sarah Cleveland Human Rights Advocate for Sugar Cane Cutters
  83. 106. Janice Fukai (L.A.) & Bob Wolfrum (St. Louis) Public Defenders
  84. 107. Domestic Violence Victim Lawyers Sarah Buel & Rachel Amy Putterman
  85. 108. Salih Mahmoud Osman Sudan Organization Against Torture
  86. 109. Ella Bhatt Self-Employed Women’s Association - India
  87. 110. Michele Stephenson Human Rights Attorney and Filmmaker
  88. 111. Dionisio Diaz Garcia Lawyer of the Poor Labor Lawyer More Just Society Honduras + 4 December 2006
  89. 112. Disability Advocates – Matt Laffin & Claudia Gordon
  90. 113. Mental Health Law Advocates - Georgia
  91. 114. Child Advocates Susan Knowles & LaShanda Taylor
  92. 115. Jeanette Keller Iowa Legal Services Advocate for Disabled Veterans
  93. 116. Law Profs (SALT) Protesting for Affirmative Action
  94. 117. If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
  95. 118. Monica E. Magoke-Mhoja Women’s Legal Aid Center Tanzania
  96. 123. Seek Out Hope Joy Love
  97. 124. Wherever you find tragedy and injustice You will also find resistance and inspiration
  98. 125. If you have come to help me you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us struggle together. Solidarity Lila Watson – Aboriginal Activist Collective
  99. 126. Law Justice But it can!
  100. 127. http://www.loyno.edu/~quigley/

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