Criminal Injustice

Jhody Polk, L.E.A.H.
Alejo Rodriguez, Zealous
Sean Langberg, NYU Law Student Fellow:
Tyler Walton, Bernstein Institute

Reimagine the criminal and carceral legal systems in the United States. Abolition, restorative justice, jailhouse lawyering, participatory defense, antiracism…how do we support communities to achieve system-transformation from the inside out?

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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 carceral 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.

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