Progressive Law Day

October 8, 2016

The PLD is excited to invite Legal Workers, Law Students and Lawyers to join us in making this years evnt a real success and inspiration to social justice seekers. Please feel free to contact if you have any questions.

PROGRESSIVE LAW DAY RAZING THE BAR: A Gathering of Future Movement Lawyers & Legal Workers

UC Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall, Berkeley, CA Saturday, October 8, 2016 @ 9:30-6:00 P.M.

Progressive Law Day (PLD) is a day-long conference, organized and led by law student members of the National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF), and open to legal workers, lawyers, activists, and anyone interested in learning about radical lawyering and legal work. The day will feature panels on immigration, poverty law, prisoner rights, and more! This is a great opportunity to connect with future legal advocates from all across the Bay Area.


9:30 - 10:00 AM: Welcome Reception (Steinhardt Courtyard - 2nd Floor)

10:00 - 11:30 AM:

Panel I: Linkages: Radical Immigration Lawyering & the Prison Abolition Movement Participants will learn about pressing issues at the intersection of immigration law, criminal defense, and the prison abolition movement. Attendees will explore examples of radical representation strategies for the some of most vulnerable and at risk populations in the country: children and adults in immigration detention. Featuring: Legal Services for Children, TGI Justice Project, Pangea Legal Services, The Community Law Office / OakLaw Collaborative

Panel II: Understanding Public Benefits: Resources for Aspiring Advocates Public benefits are a bulwark against poverty, which makes this a particularly important area of law for social justice-minded legal workers and law students. This panel will give attendees a basic understanding of public benefits available to low-income individuals and people with disabilities.

11:40 - 1:10 PM: Legal Observer Training Learn how to observe and report police activity at demonstrations with an eye toward protecting the right of people to exercise their constitutional rights free from state repression. Featuring: Homeless Action Center.

1:15 - 1:45 PM: Lunch (Continues Through Keynote)

1:50 - 2:40 PM: Keynote with Walter Riley Walter Riley grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where he experienced first-hand the injustice of the Jim Crow South. His response was to become a young civil rights activist and has continued his activism ever since. Following years as an organizer, Walter moved back to the Bay Area to become a people’s lawyer. Walter serves on the legal defense teams representing the Black Friday 14 and Trayvon 2, among other activists. He is a former Executive Board member of the NLG San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, which awarded him the Chapter's Champion of Justice Award in 2013. In 2015, NLG National honored Walter with the Law for the People Award at the Guild's annual convention.

2:50 - 4:20 PM:

Panel III: Advocating for California Prisoners Workshop on the law and history of California prisons, including how to research and use California regulations to advocate for incarcerated persons. Featuring: Prisoner Advocacy Network.

Panel IV: Surveillance Self-Defense: Tips, Tools, and How-tos for Safer Online Communication Modern technology has given those in power new abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on innocent people. In this workshop, you'll learn how to defend yourself and your friends, colleagues and clients from surveillance by using secure technology and developing careful practices. Bring a laptop or smartphone if you'd like to try out some of the tools we'll discuss during the workshop. Featuring: Electronic Frontier Foundation.

4:30 - 5:50 PM:

Panel V: #Frisco5: Employing Radical Tactics to End Police Brutality San Francisco-based activists behind the dismissal of San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr will discuss ways to enact change outside of traditional lawyering and legislative advocacy.