Hundreds of Law Students Attend "Stars and Bars: Radical Lawyering in Times of Crisis"

The 39th Annual Progressive Lawyering Day, sponsored by the San Francisco/Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and presented by student members of the National Lawyers Guild, was held on Saturday, September 15, 2007 from 8:30 am to 6 pm.

Community members and dozens of law students from seven area law schools, including Golden Gate University, University of San Francisco, UC Hastings College of Law, New College of California School of Law, Stanford University, Pacific McGeorge University, UC Davis, and UC Berkeley, met at Golden Gate University at 536 Mission Street in San Francisco, for a day-long symposium on the struggle to fight poverty, racism, militarization, and all other forms of institutional oppression in a time when the government and dominant social structures are fighting to protect the status quo.

Attorney and advocate, Banafsheh Akhlaghi, founder and president of the National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement gave the keynote address. This year there were panels and workshops on environmental justice, immigrant rights, challenging white privilege in the legal community, critical legal studies, transgender people and the law, legal observing at demonstrations, police accountability, prisons, and more. The day-long conference ended with a reception featuring DJ Chris Hernandez.