Fight for Justice: Using UN Treaties and Offices of Inspector General

October 15, 2009

Continuing Legal Education | NLG CONVENTION | Seattle

Thursday, October 15 2009, 1-5:15PM at Convention Hotel (Marriott Renaissance)

Lawyers citing U.N. treaties are winning many cases on civil rights and liberties, criminal law, election law, immigration, juvenile, labor, and military law. Ann Fagan Ginger of Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute will briefly describe U.S. treaty law under the U.S. Constitution. Prof. Bill Quigley, just back from helping Katrina victims and Haiti, will join Bill Goodman of Detroit and the Center for Constitutional Rights, in describing 47 cases won recently in U.S. federal and state courts based on U.S. treaty law. Solidarity lawyer Susan Scott of Sacramento and the NLG International Committee will describe the UN Human Rights Committees reporting system and how it is affecting some U.S. government actions. Ann Fagan Ginger will describe human rights ordinances and resolutions adopted by the City Council of Berkeley and how they are improving enforcement of human rights in the city.

Then Prof. John Brittain of the University of D.C. College of Law, former NLG national president, will describe the process of filing complaints with the Offices of Inspector General and how this is helping clients, from fired U.S. Attorneys and detained noncitizens to Hurricane Katrina victims and people seeking access to secret EPA, CIA, and NSA documents.

Participants will make oral presentations commented on by the presenters. The session for 4-hour CLE credit will be held on Thursday, October 15, 1-5:15 pm at the national convention of the National Lawyers Guild in Seattle. Each participant will receive a coursebook of cases, the text of all relevant treaties, descriptions of successful OIG complaints, etc., and the oral presentations, in searchable PDF format.

Pre-register by clicking here.

Lawyers: $130.00

Students / Legal Workers: $25.00

Pre-Registration includes CLE coursebook and digital copy. Please contact (510) 848-0599 or email cle [at] with questions

As of September 1, 2009: Lawyers from California and Washington States will receive four hours of CLE credit