Law Students Gather To Build Community, Prepare for the 2015 Law for the People Convention

Law students from five bay area law schools gathered at UC Hastings on Saturday, June 13, for a Student Retreat and New Board Orientation. The event was organized by the SF Bay Area NextGen Committee, and students representing the NLG chapters at UC Berkeley, Golden Gate, UC Hastings, USF, and Stanford were in attendance.

The event is part of an ongoing effort by the NextGen Committee to ensure that the Bay Area student chapters are adequately supported in the lead-up to the 2015 Law for the People Convention in Oakland this October. Throughout the spring, the NextGen Committee sent attorneys to meet with local NLG student chapters at their campuses. After receiving feedback from the student chapters that they wanted a closer relationship with one another, the committee planned the one day event to facilitate those connections.

The agenda was aimed at building community between the chapters, imparting some basic “best practices” to newly elected student organizers, and giving the students space to inspire one another with their plans for the year. The event was a success! The day began with a brief history of the Guild, a session in which students shared their personal stories, and extended chapter reports. Students shared their goals for the upcoming school year, including challenging the law school tuition crisis, building diversity within their chapters, and providing legal support to local communities through Know Your Rights trainings and Legal Observing. After lunch, students participated in a discussion about “Student Chapter Basics” and a campaign planning workshop in which students built mock campaign plans to reduce law school tuition and increase financial aid for students from marginalized communities. The event concluded with a discussion about the 2015 Law for the People Convention, with local students making commitments to organize record student attendance at the event.

With law school tuition at crisis levels, it is more important than ever for NLG attorneys to support NLG students and recent graduates. Please consider supporting students by giving preference to active NLG students in hiring, becoming a mentor through the NextGen committee, sponsoring student attendance at the Convention, or by assisting in other ways.

To find contact information for student chapters or to become a mentor, contact SF Bay Area NLG Membership Coordinator Therese@nlgsf.org.