Community Paralegals: The Power and Promise of Frontline Justice Advocates
Fatima Adamu, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF
Jay Monteverde, Environmental Justice Director, Namati
Alejo Rodriguez, Director of Collaborative Advocacy, Zealous
Geovanni Gutierrez Vivar, Staff Supervisor Senior Paralegal, Immigrant Justice Corps
Moderator: Tyler Walton, Project Attorney, Bernstein Institute for Human Rights
In this session panelists will introduce the role and impact of “community paralegals” or frontline justice advocates, both here and around the world. The session will explore the ways community paralegals engage in the practice of law and challenge the legal profession’s monopoly of the law. Speakers will also reflect on the training and resources needed to develop agents of change within communities drawing from firsthand experience within environmental justice, immigrant rights and prisoners’ rights.