Liman Colloquium to examine public
interest advocacy at the local level
The Yale Law School is hosting the 11th annual Arthur Liman Public Interest
Law Colloquium, “Liman at the Local Level: Public Interest Advocacy and
This year’s colloquium — which began on Thursday, March 6, and
will continue on Friday, March 7 — is examining state and local
contributions to public interest advocacy, the kind of innovation that takes
place at the local level, the role of state-level public officials, the legal
parameters and opportunities of constitutional federalism and how advocacy
networks structure themselves in relationship to the federalism structure of
the United States.
Participants and speakers include scholars of law and the social sciences from
Columbia, Emory, New York and Yale universities, and the University of Virginia;
judges; state attorneys general; local government officials; students; public
interest advocates; and the Liman Public Interest Fellows.
The panel discussion held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday examined the roles taken
by state attorneys general, city attorneys and other officials. Panelists included
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal; Robert Hermann, director of
the New York Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform; Dennis Herrera,
city attorney of San Francisco; William Marshall, Ohio solicitor general; and
James Tierney, director of the National State Attorneys General Program at
Columbia Law School and former attorney general of Maine.
Friday’s panels will address “Revising the History and Understanding
the Present: The Role of Local Leadership and Advocates”; “Coordination
Across States: Horizontal Federalism”; “Defining the Public Interest:
The Role and Networks of State Courts”; “Mapping Public Interest
Advocates Onto the Federal Structure of the United States: Conflicts and Coordination,
Local Chapters and National Offices”; and “Vertical Federalism:
The Pros and Cons of National Preemption.”
Lunchtime speakers, who will discuss the roles of state and federal courts, will be Margaret H. Marshall, chief justice
of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; Ellen Ash Peters, former chief
justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court; Randall T. Shepard, chief justice
of the Indiana Supreme Court; and the Honorable Janet C. Hall, U.S. District
judge, District of Connecticut, who is also the current chair of the Committee
on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
The Liman Program supports Yale Law School graduates pursuing public interest
projects. It also provides funding for summer fellows at Barnard College, and
Brown, Harvard, Princeton, Spelman and Yale universities, as well as reading
groups, workshops and other projects.
Eight Liman Fellows who are graduates of Yale Law School have been selected
for public interest fellowships in 2008-2009. The fellows and their host organizations
are: Justin Cox, Casa de Maryland, Silver Spring; Zahra Hayat, National Center
for Youth Law, Oakland, California; Stacie Jonas, Southern Migrant Legal Services,
Nashville, Tennessee; Deborah Marcuse, Community Services Administration, Mayor’s
Office, City of New Haven; Allegra McLeod, Immigration Justice Project, San
Diego, California; Marisol Orihuela, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
of Southern California, Los Angeles; Michael Tan, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights
Project, New York, New York; and Tianna Terry, Legal Aid Society of the District
To register for the Liman Colloquium, e-mail Lucinda Currell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 432-9165. Advance registration is required, and space
For more information, including the complete schedule, a description of panels
and speakers, bibliographical materials and information on the Liman programs,
workshops and fellowships, visit the Liman website at www.law.yale.edu/liman.
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