Ariadna Godreau-Aubert, Ayuda Legal
Veronica Gonzalez, Ayuda Legal
Matthew Burnett, American Bar Foundation
Jahnavi Jagannath, NYU Law Student Fellow
Sukti Dhital, Bernstein Institute
Zoom link: https://nyu.zoom.us/s/94181788248
Endless lines and mundane technical rules; bureaucratic violence hides local contestation, sidelines criticism and denies justice. How do we support communities to create dignified systems that protect civil rights–from housing to family, labor, disability and more?
Workshop #1 – Communities at the margins
Friday February 18th, 2022 10:30am-12:00pm ET
Injustice is a reality, and the very structures of legal systems in the United States often act to depower and limit community voice and direction. This pre-conference session will examine the shape of this access to justice problem within the civil legal system and introduce critical legal empowerment as a methodology and movement.
Workshop #2 – Legal empowerment is happening now
Thursday February 24th, 2022 11:00am-12:00pm ET
Told through real life examples, anchor organizations will share how they use legal empowerment methods (e.g. community paralegals, accompaniment, community-driven litigation) to address injustice and invite participants to share their community empowerment strategies.
Workshop #3 – Pushing forward toward justice
Friday March 4th, 2022 10:30am-12:00pm ET
Legal empowerment approaches do not come without challenges, including concerns about unauthorized practice of law (UPL), funding difficulties, evidence gaps, and delegitimization by the legal profession. This post-conference workshop will provide participants a chance to conduct power mapping to identify levers for change.