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RebLaw 2014 Workshops

Self-Care and Vicarious Trauma

Palestine Solidarity: How To Remain Active in Law School through Law Students for Justice in Palestine

The Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) movement advocates for justice and self-determination for the Palestinian people. Given the criminalization that Palestine solidarity activists in the United States face, a need exists for SJPs to proliferate in the law school context. This session will discuss how law students can remain active in Palestine solidarity work by providing interested organizers with tools to start Law Students for Justice in Palestine (LSJP) chapters. We aim to have students connect with applicable legal activism in the US and Palestine, raise campus awareness about Israel’s use of the law as a tool for oppression, and use that momentum to spur student action. Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of organizing SJPs at the law school level, and the tools needed to do so. This workshop aims to be relevant to other forms of radical law student organizing.

Identity and Self-Defense

Training Across Differences: Identity Threat and Cross-Cultural Communication

Movement Lawyering: Sharpening Our Theory and Deepening Our Practice

Legal advocates have the skills to play a crucial role in movements for justice -- we defend the right to protest, draft legislation, conduct know-your-rights sessions and file litigation on behalf of individuals and organizations. However, despite our skills and best intentions, organizers and activists often recount examples of where legal advocates were in severe conflict, worked at cross purposes, and/or ultimately did more harm than good to political and social movements.

In this interactive and participatory workshop facilitated by the Bertha Social Justice Institute at the Center for Constitutional Rights, participants will have the opportunity to strengthen their understanding of how to work collaboratively with organizers and activists to build social movements that have the power to win.