Daynard Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Twice a year, the Daynard Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program brings nationally recognized public interest leaders to campus. These public interest leaders serve as role models for students, demonstrating how legal skills can be used effectively and creatively to make the world a better place. The fellows each deliver an address that focuses on the strategic use of law to promote public interest goals, participate in a roundtable with other prominent public interest advocates, visit classes, consult about professional opportunities for students and graduates, and meet individually with interested faculty, administrators and students.
This vibrant program was established in 2004 through the generosity of Professor Richard A. Daynard and his wife, Carol Iskols Daynard. Professor Daynard is an expert on legal approaches to dealing with the epidemics of tobacco- and obesity-related disease. He is president of the law school’s Public Health Advocacy Institute.
Upcoming Daynard Events
January 31 - February 2, 2022
Winter 2022 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow
KEESHA GASKINS-NATHAN ’99
Program Director, Democratic Practice–United States Program, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Monday, January 31, 2022 | 12:15 - 1:30 PM
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | 12:15 - 1:30 PM
Keesha Gaskins-Nathan is the director for the Democratic Practice–United States program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Gaskins-Nathan is dedicated to advancing measures and ideas that improve democratic systems and engage democratic culture in the United States to support full and fair democratic and economic opportunity for all residents.
Gaskins-Nathan is a long-time organizer, lobbyist and trial attorney. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, she was senior counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice, serving as the director of the Redistricting and Representation program. Her portfolio included redistricting reform, voting rights, and elections, with a focus on voter suppression issues. Gaskins-Nathan is a frequent lecturer and writer on issues related to women and politics, movement building, and democratic reform. She is the author of numerous articles and publications related to voter suppression, voting rights and redistricting.
Gaskins-Nathan served as executive director for the League of Women Voters Minnesota and the executive director for the Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus. She worked for several years as a civil trial attorney, and also served as a special assistant appellate public defender for the State of Minnesota.
Following law school, Gaskins-Nathan served as a shared judicial clerk for the Honorable Alan Page and the Honorable Joan Ericksen at the Minnesota Supreme Court. She was also a 2008 Feminist Leadership Fellow with the University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs - Center on Women and Public Policy. She is a frequent commentator on voting rights and redistricting reform and regularly appears on numerous news and public affairs programming, including past appearances on PBS’s NewsHour, MSNBC and Bill Moyers.
Past Daynard Fellows
October 4 - 6, 2021
Fall 2021 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow
Executive Director and Managing Attorney, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center
Border Cruelty: A Day to Day Look at Immigration Law on the Border
Monday, October 4, 2021 | 12:45 - 2:10 PM | 240 Dockser
“I Would Still Have Come:” A Conversation with Experts and Directly Impacted Migrant Women About the Impact of Border Policies on Their Lives
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 | 12:45 - 2:10 PM | 240 Dockser
Jocelyn Alves Cordiero
Brooke Bischoff ’16
Managing Attorney, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts
Clinical Professor and Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic, Northeastern University School of Law
This is a hybrid event. Registration is required and in-person attendance is limited to Northeastern students, faculty and staff. Zoom information will be sent to all registrants.
Linda Y. Rivas is executive director and managing attorney of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, a 34-year-old organization dedicated to the legal needs of low-income migrants, including assisting asylum seekers and those in need of family reunification as well as advocating for the dignity and rights of all migrants. During the Trump administration, Rivas represented and led efforts to reunite families who were separated as a result of the “Zero-Tolerance” immigration policy and the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Recently, Rivas has advocated to end Title 42 expulsions at the border.
Rivas is also the co-founder of the Borderland Immigration Council (BIC), a local Texas group of attorneys, activists and advocacy groups formed to help address the dire situation of due process abuses, family separation and abuse of discretion that immigrants and refugees face during the course of their legal immigration cases.
Rivas was born in Mexico and raised in El Paso, Texas, from the age of 4. She attended The University of Texas at El Paso and completed her studies with a bachelor of arts in psychology with a minor in legal reasoning. She earned her JD at Loyola College of Law in New Orleans. During law school, Rivas clerked with the US Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review. At the beginning of her career, Rivas advocated for children in the child welfare system as an attorney ad-litem. She went on to become the West Texas VAWA (Violence Against Women’s Act) manager for the Texas Civil Rights Project in El Paso.
Rivas’ work is often featured in The Washington Post, NPR, PBS, The Texas Tribune and The New York Times.
December 7-9, 2020
Winter 2020 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow
Managing Director, Sex Workers Project; Project Director, Human Rights Project, Urban Justice Center
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Destigmatize, Decriminalize, Decarcerate: The Intersections of Race, Gender, Sexuality, Migration and Labor in the Sex Trades
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | 12:15 - 1:30 PM
Director, Anti-Trafficking Fund, NEO Philanthropy
Director of Communications, Sex Workers Project, Urban Justice Center
President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (UAW Local 2325)
Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
RJ THOMPSON is a longtime human rights lawyer, organizer and educator as well as a certified personal trainer, go-go dancer and performer in the adult film industry. Prior to joining the Sex Workers Project as managing director, Thompson worked as the Fair Courts Project community educator at Lambda Legal, where he trained judges, attorneys and court staff on gender and sexuality cultural competency and advocated for judicial diversity and judicial independence in Arizona, Texas, Florida and the federal bench. Previously, Thompson served as the Miami High road coordinator with the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), fighting for increased wages, healthcare and paid time off for restaurant workers, as well as director of the human rights program at the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, where he advocated for the human rights of sex workers during the first United Nations Universal Periodic Review of the US. Thompson was also the national campaign and advocacy manager at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Center in New York City, where he coordinated Causes in Common, a national cross-movement initiative linking the reproductive justice and LGBT movements. He was membership program coordinator at the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) Coordinating Center, where he organized Southern NGOs to meet with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants. In addition to his staff role with USHRN, he also co-founded the Sexual Rights and Gender Justice Working Group of the USHRN as a volunteer leader and later served on the USHRN board of directors.
Thompson received his JD from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law and his BA in Africana studies and political science from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He has also worked with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Equality Florida, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, CRUNCH fitness and Amnesty International USA. Thompson is a queer-identified mixed blood Cherokee with deep Southern roots. He is an active member and leader in the Soka Gakkai International USA (SGI-USA) Nichiren Buddhist organization for peace, culture and education. He is also a vegetarian and a bodybuilder.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration at Northeastern University School of Law
September 21 - 23, 2020
Fall 2020 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow
EMMA KETTERINGHAM ’98
Managing Attorney, Family Defense Practice, The Bronx Defenders
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Introduction to the Family Regulation System: A Largely Unexamined Part of the Carceral State
Monday, September 21, 2020, 12:15 PM
Family Defense: An Urgent Call to Action
Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 12:15 PM
Co-Founder and Co-Director, Movement for Family Power
Litigation Supervisor, Government Affairs and Policy, Center for Family Representation
Co-Executive Director, East Bay Family Defenders
Emma Ketteringham started at The Bronx Defenders as a criminal defense attorney and is now managing attorney of the organization’s Family Defense Practice. She supervises attorneys, social workers and parent advocates who represent parents accused of child abuse and neglect and facing possible termination of parental rights. Ketteringham participates in numerous court-based and independent coalitions to develop pro-family policies and practices in New York City, including the committee devoted to reducing racial disproportionality in foster care. Previously, Ketteringham served as the director of legal advocacy for National Advocates for Pregnant Women, where she was counsel and strategist on criminal and civil child welfare cases at the intersection of the wars on women and drugs. She also worked as a litigation associate at Lansner and Kubitschek, where she represented parents and children in civil rights actions in state and federal court, and at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where she worked on complex civil litigation. After graduating from Northeastern, she clerked first in the US District Court for the District of Maine and then at the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She holds a BA in political science from Trinity College.
WINTER 2020 DAYNARD PUBLIC INTEREST VISITING FELLOW
February 3-5, 2020
Chaumtoli Huq '97
Founder/Editor, Law@theMargins; Associate Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law
Chaumtoli Huq is an associate professor of law at CUNY School of Law and the founder and editor of Law@theMargins, an innovative law and media nonprofit focused on law and social justice. Her expertise lies in labor and employment, and human rights. Huq has devoted her professional career to public service focusing on issues impacting low-income New Yorkers. In 2014, she was appointed general counsel for litigation for the office of the New York City Public Advocate, becoming the highest-ranking Bangladeshi-American in New York City government. She has been honored with a New American Hero Award by the New American Leaders and an Access to Justice Award by the South Asian Bar Association of New York. Along with holding leadership roles at Legal Services NYC and MFY Legal Services, she also served as director of the first South Asian Workers’ Rights Project at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the first staff attorney to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance and has served on Manhattan Community Board 7 for the Upper West Side.
Monday, February 3, 2020, noon
Engaging in Movement Lawyering Transnationally
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, noon
Storytelling and Narratives for Justice
Restorative Justice Circle Leader, Everyday Boston
Director of Special projects, International Institute of New England
Statewide Complete Count Committee Coordinator
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
Founder/Director, Everyday Boston
Clinical Professor and Co-Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic, Northeastern University School of Law
FALL 2019 DAYNARD PUBLIC INTEREST VISITING FELLOW
Jaribu Hill is founder and executive director of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights. She is a human rights attorney, veteran community organizer, international human rights spokesperson and a frequent writer and commentator on human rights themes.
Hill is the founder of the Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference as well as the Fannie Lou Hamer Roundtable and CUNY Law School’s Mississippi Project. As former director of the southern regional office of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Hill won an important judgment against the Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. She has coordinated cutting-edge litigation in the areas of housing as a human right and racially hostile work environments. Hill’s scholarly works are featured in numerous publications including Black Scholar; National Black Law Journal; and Southern University Law Review. She is co-author of The Black College Guide and author of Knowledge is Power—A Know Your Rights Manual. She is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the coveted Gloria Award. Hill is a former Skadden Fellow and a former Thurgood Marshall Fellow. She is a former municipal judge for Hollandale, Mississippi, and currently serves as a Special Master for Mental Commitments for Washington County Chancery Court.
Back in the Day Is Today: Continued Forms of Race Discrimination in Workplaces
Monday, September 23, 2019, noon
Sexual Harassment in Low-Wage Workplaces: Demystifying the Law
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, noon
Vice President, 32BJ SEIU District 615
Worker Center Director, Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH)
Supervising Attorney, Lawyers for Civil Rights
Associate Professor of Law and Sociology, Northeastern University School of Law
Winter 2019 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow
Dimple Abichandani ’02
Executive Director, General Service Foundation
February 4-6, 2019
Dimple Abichandani is the executive director of the General Service Foundation (GSF), a private foundation that supports organizations advocating for racial and gender justice. Dimple joined General Service Foundation in 2015, bringing almost two decades of experience advancing social justice as a lawyer, funder and educator.
Prior to joining GSF, Dimple was the executive director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law. At the Center, Dimple launched a social justice innovation lab aimed at generating new long-term approaches to persistent social justice challenges and providing law students opportunities to develop skills and mindsets including creativity, empathy, collaboration and social justice problem solving.
As the founding program officer of the Security and Rights Collaborative (SRC) at the Proteus Fund, Dimple managed a donor collaborative aimed at challenging post-9/11 Islamophobia and discrimination and restoring civil rights and liberties. Earlier in her career, Dimple worked at Legal Services NYC, first as a staff attorney where she represented low wage workers and later as the Director of Program Development.
Dimple currently serves on the board of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and has served on the boards of Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Asian Law Caucus, Forward Together and the Third Wave Foundation. Dimple earned a JD at Northeastern University School of Law in 2002, and a BA in English at the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Oakland, CA with her daughter and partner.
Shifting the Story: Narrative Change in the Time of Trump
Monday, February 4, 2019, noon
Just Narratives: When Law and Storytelling Intersect
Wednesday, February 6, 2019, noon
SHANNON AL-WAKEEL ERWIN
Executive Director and Founder, Muslim Justice League (MJL)
Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Fall 2018 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow
Prerna Lal was born in the Fiji Islands, came to the United States with their parents when they were 14, and then lived in the San Francisco East Bay area.
Formerly an undocumented immigrant, Lal was integral to establishing United We DREAM and the DreamActivist network, both led by undocumented youth. The organizations mobilized thousands of undocumented immigrants to push for the federal DREAM Act in 2010, ending the deportations of undocumented youth, and securing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program under the Obama Administration. A mobilizer and social media strategist, Lal has also helped with the creation of many local immigrant youth groups, providing direct support, mentorship and advocacy to individuals caught up in the immigration dragnet.
As an undocumented law school graduate, Lal was among the first in the country to obtain a license to practice law. As a result of Lal’s high-spirited activism, the US government sought to deport them. Law won lawful permanent residency after a long court battle, and in April 2018, Lal became a United States citizen.
As a nonprofit policy attorney in Washington, DC, Lal worked at Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), spearheading initatives related to extending DACA, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepal and parole-in-place for family members of Filipino war veterans. Through a partnership between the East Bay Community Law Center and UC Berkeley’s Undocumented Student Program, Lal provided immigration legal services for more than 500 students and their family members. As an immigration attorney, clinical supervisor and lecturer at a clinic of UC Berkeley School of Law, Lal mentored a new generation of public interest law students.
Immigrants Making America Great Again: Lessons from an Undocumented Immigrant Turned Lawyer
Monday, September 24, 2018, noon
Defying Borders and Binaries: Legal Resistance and Civil Disobedience During the Rise of White Nationalism
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, noon
Immigrant Rights Organizer, Centro Presente, Boston
Managing Attorney, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Boston
Executive Director, Centro Presente, Boston
Teaching Professor and Co-Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic, Northeastern University School of Law
Winter 2018 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow
February 5-7, 2018
Chase Strangio '10
Staff Attorney, ACLU LGBT & HIV Project
Chase Strangio is a staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project. He has been involved in numerous high-profile cases, including serving as counsel for Chelsea Manning in her lawsuit against the Department of Defense for denial of health care related to gender transition and was part of the team that organized around her commutation. He has also worked on lawsuits challenging North Carolina’s infamous anti-trans laws, HB2 and HB142, and on Gavin Grimm’s trans rights case before the US Supreme Court. He is currently part of the legal team at the ACLU challenging President Trump’s ban on open military service by transgender individuals. Strangio is frequently quoted in national media outlets such as The New York Times, Time magazine and MSNBC, and was recently profiled in Mother Jones. In his free time, he organizes around ending cash bail and hangs out with his kid.
“We Just Need to Pee”: Constructing the Trans Body in Public and Legal Discourse
Monday, February 5, 2018, noon
240 Dockser Hall
Body Parts: An Interdisciplinary Conversation About Trans Bodies and Justice
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, noon
240 Dockser Hall
Student, Lesley University; Peer Leader, Boston Gay & Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (GLASS); Commission Member, Massachusetts Committee on LGBTQ Youth
Visiting Scholar, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Northeastern University
Professor Libby Adler
Professor of Law and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Northeastern UniversityCo-sponsored by the Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration at Northeastern University School of Law
Fall 2017 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow
September 25 -27, 2017
Adam J. Foss
Co-Founder, Prosecutor Impact
Adam J. Foss, a former assistant district attorney in the Juvenile Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, is a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. Foss’ belief that the profession of prosecution is ripe for reinvention through better incentives and more measurable metrics for success beyond “cases won,” led him to co-found Prosecutor Impact, a nonprofit that develops training and curriculum for prosecutors to reframe their role in the criminal justice system.
Foss is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including recognition as a 2017 Nelson Mandela Changemaker of the Year. Fast Company named him one of the Most Creative People in Business of 2017, and The Root placed him among its 100 most influential black Americans of 2016. A graduate of Suffolk University Law School, he is the recipient of an Open Society Foundation’s Leadership in Government Fellowship and was named a Director’s Fellow with the MIT Media Lab. In 2013, the Massachusetts Bar Association recognized him with its Access to Justice Prosecutor Award.
Evolution of Prosecution: 21st-Century Criminal Justice
Monday, September 25, 2017, noon
240 Dockser Hall
What Does It Mean to Be a Prosecutor Right Now?
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, noon
240 Dockser Hall
The Honorable Justice Margot Botsford '73 (ret.)
Ronald Odam Sr.
Co-Founder, The S.P.O.T. for Life (The Steven P. Odom Training for Life)
Rose Zoltek-Jick, Associate Teaching Professor
Winter 2017 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow
January 30 - February 1, 2017
Attorney, Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward
Nancy Hollander is an internationally recognized criminal defense lawyer. She has practiced with Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward in Albuquerque, New Mexico, since 1980 and has been a partner since 1983. Her practice is largely devoted to representing individuals and organizations accused of crimes, including those involving national security issues. She currently represents a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and is lead appellate counsel for Chelsea Manning in the military appellate courts.
Ms. Hollander has also been counsel in numerous civil cases, forfeitures and administrative hearings, and has argued and won a case involving religious freedom in the US Supreme Court. She has taught in numerous trial practice programs, including the National Criminal Defense College and Gerry Spence’s Trial College, and at national and international seminars, and has written extensively on these and other criminal law topics. She is co-author of WestGroup’s Everytrial Criminal Defense Resource Book, Wharton’s Criminal Evidence, 15th edition, and Wharton’s Criminal Procedure, 14th edition.
Among her many honors, Ms. Hollander is listed in The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers, was chosen as Best Lawyers’ Albuquerque Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar Lawyer of the Year in 2010, White-Collar Lawyer of the Year in 2011 and General Practice Lawyer of the Year in 2016. In addition to her US practice, Ms. Hollander is an associate tenant with Doughty Street Chambers, London, where she focuses on international issues, including criminal law, international law and human rights.
How to Serve the Public Interest and Make a Real Difference While Making a Living in Private Practice: From Guantanamo to the Supreme Court
Monday, January 30, 2017, noon
240 Dockser Hall
Why We Need a Free Society and a Free Press to Protect Whistleblowers
Wednesday, February 1, 2017, noon
240 Dockser Hall
Founder and Co-Director, Fight for the Future
The Honorable Nancy Gertner
Senior Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School; Judge, US District Court for the District of Massachusetts (retired)
Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts
Daniel Medwed, Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University School of Law
Fall 2016 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow
September 26 - 28, 2016
Fall 2016 Daynard Visiting Fellow
Sukti Dhital '06
Deputy Director, Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, New York University Law school
Sukti Dhital is a human rights lawyer with eight years of frontline international law experience in the fields of economic and social rights. She is the deputy director of the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU Law school, a research center that promotes cutting-edge scholarship, advocacy and education on human rights issues in the US and abroad. She is co-founder — and former executive director — of Nazdeek, a legal empowerment organization committed to bringing access to justice closer to marginalized communities in India. Nazdeek was recently awarded the inaugural Namati Justice Prize for its groundbreaking work in fusing grassroots legal education, community-driven data collection, use of legal remedies and strategic advocacy to increase accountability in the delivery of health, nutrition and labor benefits for poor and marginalized communities.
Prior to founding Nazdeek, Sukti was the director of the Reproductive Rights Unit at the Human Rights Law Network, India, and assisted in securing landmark judgments on economic and social rights including Laxmi Mandal v. Deen Dayal Harinagar Hospital & ORS, W.P.(C) 8853/2008, the first decision in the world to recognize maternal mortality as a human rights violation and to award constitutional damages. Sukti has also worked at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project, where she provided legal and policy support on a range of issues, including medical care provided to women in custodial settings, and as a litigation associate at the firm of Bingham Mccutcheon, where she assisted on appellate matters including multiple cases before the US Supreme Court. Sukti is a member of the International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP), and has engaged in a number of speaking and teaching engagements including Harvard University’s School of Global Health Rights Program and co-authored articles such as “The Right to Safe Motherhood Through Litigation: The Indian Story,” in Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: A Critical Assessment (Rutledge, 2014).
Legal Mobilizing from the Grassroots: Using the Law to Demand Dignity in Assam's Tea Gardens
Monday, September 26, 2016, noon
240 Dockser Hall
101 Ways to do Human Rights: Fusing Technology, Grassroots Lawyering & More
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, noon
240 Dockser Hall
Sukti Dhital '08
Deputy Director, Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, New York University School of Law
Fellow, Stanford Center on the Legal Profession; Lecturer, Stanford Institute of Design
Executive Director, Brazilian Worker Center and Brazilian Policy Center
Karl Kare, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
The panelists are innovators and leaders of cutting-edge projects that promote grassroots legal empowerment by mobilizing the latest forms of advanced communication technology with the goal of democratization of access to legal knowledge and to justice. The panelists will describe their projects in diverse contexts including advocacy for maternal health and nutrition in the tea gardens of Assam, India; the social and legal problems that arise after natural disasters as, e.g., in Baton Rouge; the “liberation technology” scene in so-called developing countries; and worker empowerment and immigrant rights issues in Boston. These projects make people aware of their rights; train grassroots leaders and activists in monitoring and reporting violations; collect data used for advocacy; help people entitled to benefits apply for and stay on track in accessing them.
The panel will bring together NUSL’s areas of excellence in public health and technology and our ethos of law in the public interest. The panelists will also share thoughts on how new technological developments expected to emerge in future years will deepen their access to justice projects.
January 25 - 27, 2016
Winter 2016 Daynard Visiting Fellow:
Leslie Walker '85
Executive Director, Prisoners' Legal Services
Leslie Walker is the executive director of Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) of Massachusetts, where she works to ensure that all prisoners in Massachusetts receive needed civil legal advocacy addressing such prison reform issues as mandatory minimums, solitary confinement, guard brutality, adequate medical and mental health care, overcrowding, sexual assault, compassionate release and exorbitant phone rates. Prior to joining PLS 2001, she worked for 16 years at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), Massachusetts’ public defender agency, first as a staff attorney and then as director of Legal Resources and Support Services for the Private Counsel Division. Ms. Walker has been awarded the MACDL Clarence Gideon Award, the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Women of Justice Award and the CPCS Thurgood Marshall Award, among others.
Behind Barbed Wire: Who is in Prison and What Happens When the World is Not Watching?
Monday, January 25, 2016, noon
240 Dockser Hall
Correcting Corrections: Hear from the Experts on How to Improve Imprisonment, Including Those Who Have Lived It.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016, noon
240 Dockser Hall
September 28 - 30, 2015
Fall 2015 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow:
Project Director, Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Program at Advancement Project
Thena Robinson-Mock is a civil rights attorney with over a decade of experience in racial and social justice advocacy. At the Advancement Project, Ms. Robinson-Mock leads a team that uses a combination of legal, policy, organizing and communication strategies to reform punitive school disciplinary policies, end the presence of police in schools and advocate for alternatives to exclusionary discipline, such as restorative justice.
Prior to joining the Advancement Project, Ms. Robinson-Mock served as executive director of Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools (The Rethinkers), a dynamic youth organizing and leadership development organization that uses participatory education and action research to build organizing and leadership skills of New Orleans youth. She also led a campaign to bring an end to the excessive use of school-based arrests against African American youth in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, that resulted in the filing of an administrative Title VI complaint with the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.
Ms. Robinson-Mock has a passion for merging the arts with social justice and has co-written two original plays, “Voices from the Back of the Class” and “Lockdown,” in partnership with the New Orleans-based theater organization, Junebug Productions, formerly known as the Free Southern Theater. She a graduate of Hampton University and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She is the recipient of the “40 under 40” award from Gambit Weekly in New Orleans and was named as a "Women Rule!” honoree by the O-White House Leadership Project.
- Community Lecture
Black Students Matter: Exposing the Criminalization of Youth of Color and the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Monday, September 28, 2015, noon
Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Community Lawyering and Movement Building for Change
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, noon
- Community Lecture
February 2 - 4, 2015
Barbara R. Arnwine
President and Executive Director, National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee)
Barbara Arnwine, president & executive director of the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) since 1989, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. She also created the legendary Voting Rights “Map of Shame” in 2011, which remains popular. A graduate of Scripps College and Duke University School of Law, she continues to champion civil rights and racial justice issues nationally and internationally in the areas of housing and lending, community development, employment, voting, education, and environmental justice. Ms. Arnwine’s work also includes women’s rights, immigrant rights, judicial diversity, criminal justice reform, racial profiling, health care disparities and LBGTQ rights.
- Community Lecture
In Pursuit of Systemic Change: Combatting Racial Injustice in Policing and Voting!
Monday, February 2, 2015, noon - canceled due to weather. Stay tuned for information about rescheduling.
Refocusing Justice: Boston and the National Struggle for Racial Justice
Wednesday, February 4, 2015, noon
September 29 - October 1, 2014
Marielena Hincapié '96
Executive Director, National Immigration Law
Marielena Hincapié is executive director of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), headquartered in Los Angeles. Founded in 1979, NILC is dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants in the United States. Under her leadership, NILC has grown to be one of the premier immigrants’ rights organizations, strategically using a combination of litigation, policy, communications and alliance-building to affect social change. Fully bilingual and bicultural, Hincapié serves as a resource and is often interviewed by media outlets such as Univisión, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among others. She is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences, and works closely with emerging leaders in the social justice world.
- Community Lecture
What's Law Got to Do With It? Migration, Militarization, and Criminalization of Communities of Color
Monday, September 29, 2014, noon
From the Ground Up: Advancing Immigrant Rights in the Absence of Congressional Action
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, noon
Marielena Hincapie, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
Sarang Sekhavat, Federal Policy Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Natalicia Tracy, Executive Director, Brazilian Immigrant Center
Moderator: Professor Rachel Rosenbloom
- Community Lecture
Debra Gardner ’82
Legal Director, Public Justice Center
As legal director for the Public Justice Center, a nonprofit legal services organization dedicated to protecting and expanding the rights of people living in poverty, Debra Gardner has served as lead advocate in a wide range of impact litigation and other advocacy, including national and company-wide collective and class action suits concerning wage and hour violations and employment discrimination. Among her many responsibilities, Ms. Gardner has coordinated the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, an association of individuals and organizations committed to ensuring meaningful access to the courts for all through the implementation of a right to counsel in civil cases, sometimes known informally as "civil Gideon."
- Community Lecture
Justice Delayed Remains Justice Denied: The Pursuit of a Civil Right to Counsel
Monday, January 27, 2014, noon
Overcoming the Notion that a Civil Right to Counsel is Unrealistic
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, noon
John Pollock, Public Justice Center and the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel
Jacqui Bowman, Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)
Jayne Tyrrell, Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA)
Mike Greco, KL Gates and the American Bar Association
Founding Partner, Edwards & Eubanks
- Community Lecture
Representing the Underrepresented: Civil Rights in the 21st Century
Monday, September 30, 2013, noon
Private Impact Litigation
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, noon
Patricia Garin ’84
Partner, Stern Shapiro Weissberg & Garin
Visiting September 21-23, 2011
Law Offices of Carlos Spector
Visiting January 9-11, 2012
Monica Halas ’77-’78
Employment Law Unit
Lead Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services
Community Lecture: Tuesday, October 27, 2009, noon
Waging Campaigns for Change: A Legal Services Tribute to Clients, Community-Based Organizations and Labor
Soros Justice Fellow
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
William P. Quigley
Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professor of Law; Director, Law Clinic and Gillis Long Poverty Law Clinic
Loyola University New Orleans School of Law
Leslie J. Winner ’76
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation