School Board Resolutions to Designate Safe Zones

December 19, 2016

Emma Leheny serves as Senior Counsel for the National Education Association, the nation’s largest professional employee organization. For two decades, Leheny has represented unions, low-wage workers, and recipients of government benefits. Leheny previously served as Vice-Chair of the National Immigration Law Center Board of Directors and as Chief Counsel for the California Teachers Association. Anti-immigrant statements by Trump and his supporters have caused anxiety among school children throughout the country….

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Calling All Movement Lawyers: We Need To Organize Our Legal Support

November 10, 2016

Chaumtoli Huq is the Editor of Law@theMargins. Additional thanks to Editorial Law Intern Val Merlina for her edits on this piece. Many of you I know who are committed to social justice are processing the United States presidential election results and the pending Trump presidency, and many of you are doing this in different ways: from gathering with friends, getting on social media, jumping into actions and protests, while others of you…

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Freedom of Speech: It’s All About Race: Oregon Standoff and No DAPL

October 31, 2016

By Dayna Jones & Val Merlina, Law Interns & Editorial Team with Law@theMargins All oppression is connected, but the glaring blindness of white privilege stands in the way of this critical recognition. As movements across America, from Standing Rock to Don’t Shoot PDX and the Driscoll Farmworker Boycott, engage in the struggle against corporate and governmental entities to realize their human rights, the discrepancy between treatment of peoples cannot be ignored….

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#NoDAPL: Fund Native American Organizing

October 9, 2016

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies have been locked in a legal and on-the-ground battle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from being constructed through sacred, historical cultural sites without consultation. The DAPL also puts the Tribe’s only water source in jeopardy. The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a 1,168-mile long crude oil pipeline that will transport nearly 570,000 barrels of oil each day from North Dakota to…

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Real Talk to Movement Lawyers from a Community Organizer

January 28, 2016

S o you want to be a movement lawyer? That’s AWESOME! Congrats on dedicating your life to serving … serving… marginalized people. That’s why you’re signing up, right? It’s so critically important that this be a foundational principle of why you want to do this work.  Not for celebrity, not for the money, but to be on the just side of history—to do your part toward the liberation of all…

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Perspectives: Free and Equal: A Rights-Based Response to Labor Exploitation

December 10, 2015

Despite legal advances, modern forms of slavery, unfree or forced labor, and servitude persist today, fueled by inequality and weak rights protection. Recent responses that have emphasized transparency in global supply chains assist in identifying risk and building company awareness, but must also be must be underpinned by strong rights-based response in order to be effective.

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Perspectives: Is a Social Justice Law School Experience Possible?

June 9, 2015

By Traci Yoder, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Director of Education and Research.   “The first thing I lost in law school was the reason that I came.” –Anonymous law student   This quote comes from an essay by Loyola law professor and former National Lawyers Guild President William Quigley in which he describes the difficulties that social justice-oriented students experience when they begin their legal education.  Many law students can…

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