Updates From the Stanford NLG Chapter

Amy L Tannenbaum

The Stanford NLG has had a great first year back in business! We kicked off the year by organizing two panels for the Shaking the Foundations conference, Stanford’s west coast answer to RebLaw. Our two panels were on gentrification in the Bay Area and on how attorneys can effectively work with organizers in the Movement for Black Lives. We also held a disorientation program for 1Ls about getting oriented to law school, mostly intended to build a sense of progressive student community on campus. Throughout the fall quarter, we ran a campaign sending out weekly notices to the student body on “news you might have missed,” highlighting new stories on issues we care about that received less mainstream attention and adding commentary on how students can take action.

During the winter quarter, we hosted a legal observer training (thanks again Claire and Dia!) and had the first two of three events in a series on how to be a movement lawyer. We also conducted an educational campaign about prison abolition and hosted a brown bag lunch to educate interested students on the topic. This quarter, we will have our third and final event in the movement lawyering training series, will host attorneys from the Dream Defenders, and are working with a group of students from the criminal law society to put together a debate about prison abolition to highlight the abolitionist perspective.

Throughout the year, NLG organizers have continued our work with the administration to get Stanford to take more seriously its duty to educate students about social justice and racial justice, and to provide robust opportunities to students who plan to pursue social justice law. We have succeeded in getting a number of courses added to the curriculum and continue to work with the administration to ensure that training on privilege, oppression, and difference are a mandatory part of the law school’s training for students. We’re looking forward to transitioning to new leaders, continuing to strengthen our Stanford roots, and having an even more successful second year back!