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shark finCritical Lawyering: Bridging Theory and Practice for Social Change

Friday, March 23, 2012
Wasserstein 2019, Harvard Law School

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This conference, organized by the founders and alumni of the Harvard and Drexel Summer Theory Institutes, aims to bring together law students, practitioners, and legal academics for discussion about the connections between theory and practice in public interest law. The conference aims to address the following questions:

  1. PRACTICE: How can public interest lawyers effectively integrate theory into their lives/jobs? Should they? How can law students prepare themselves to continue engaging with theory as practitioners?
  2. ACADEMIC/PRACTICE DIVIDE: How can academics foster useful dialogue with public interest practitioners? How can practitioners contribute to the emerging scholarship on issues of concern to them?
  3. LEGAL EDUCATION: Do different law schools have a reputation for being more “theory-oriented” or more “practice-oriented”? If so, how do we bridge this divide? Does legal education may cultivate a divide between theory and practice?

Panelists include:

Steve Bachmann
Former Partner, Bachmann & Weltchek;
General Counsel to ACORN

Lucie E. White
Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

Nisha Agarwal
Deputy Director, Center for Popular Democracy;
Founder, Summer Theory Institute

Jocelyn Simonson
Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice at the Bronx Defenders, Inc.;
Founder, Summer Theory Institute

Co-sponsored by PLP and the Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Student Conference Fund, in cooperation with Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left; Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Journal, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and the National Lawyers Guild–HLS Chapter.

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