Progressive Lawyering Day 2012: Beyond the Occupation

September 29, 2012

The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter will be hosting our 44th annual Progressive Lawyering Day this fall at UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) with keynote speaker and activist attorney Walter Riley.

PLD is a day-long, community event organized by law students across the Bay Area involved in the NLG and political activism. CLE credit will be available to attorneys.

10:00-10:45: Welcome reception (pastries and coffee)

10:50-12:15: Panels I and II

Panel I: Justice for Incarcerated Domestic Violence Survivors (1 Hour CLE Credit for California Attorneys)
with a viewing of the film Sin by Silence and guest speakers: formerly incarcerated survivor Brenda Clubine, UC Berkeley Law Professor Nancy Lemon, and Catherine McKee of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Panel II:The Tipping Point on Palestinian Activism
with Nora Barrows-Friedman of the Electronic Intifada, Tom Pessah of Cal Students for Justice in Palestine, Liz Jackson of the National Lawyers Guild

12:15-1:50: Lunch and Keynote

Keynote: Walter Riley
Riley has been part of the Bay Area Free South Africa Movement, and was a leader in the fight against California Propositions 209 and 187. He continues to be active in his community around issues of police misconduct, education, housing and youth. Riley is a Member of multiple organizations including the National Lawyers Guild, Charles Houston Bar Association, and American Civil Liberties Union. Riley is a Board Member of Global Exchange, Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, Haiti Emergency Relief Fund, Berkeley Jazz School, and a Co-Chair of the John George Democratic Club.

2:00-3:30: Panels III and IV

Panel III: State Surveillance of Political Activists
with Nina Farnia of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression and National Campaign Coordinator for the Coalition on National Security and Rights in Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and Middle Eastern Communities; Linda Lye, Staff Attorney for ACLU-Northern California; and Richard Brown, member of the SF8

Panel IV: Legal Work After the Protest (1 Hour CLE Credit for California Attorneys)
with Attorney with Siegel & Yee, Vylma Ortiz, Legal Activist Carey Lamprecht, and NLG Attorney Rachel Lederman

3:45-5:00: Panel V and VI

Panel V: Radical Activists and the Guild
with Autumn Belnap of the Occupy Legal Collective, Megan Books of the NLG

Panel VI: Continually Disorienting: How to survive and thrive as a law student in 2012
with NLG lawyers, law students and recent grads: Aliya Karmali, Sushil Jacob, Neil Satterlund, Will Pasley, and Ioana Tchoukleva

5:00-6:00: Closing reception (light food and drinks)