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Movement Lawyering Conference

Movement Lawyering Conference: More Power; More Justice.

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, Advancement Project National Office along with cosponsors Law for Black Lives and the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, will host a conference uplifting the racial justice movement lawyering model that is used by Advancement Project National Office, Law For Black Lives and others. Our strategic goal is not just civil rights litigation, but rather holistic strategies that center and support the genius of ordinary people to attack systems and build long-term power.

This conference is meant for lawyers, law students, organizers, communicators and those interested in supporting grassroots organizations and communities of color in building power to dismantle structural racism.    

Speakers include:

  • Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director, Advancement Project National Office
  • Justin Hansford, Associate Professor of Law at Howard University and Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center
  • Marbre Stahly-Butts, Executive Director, Law for Black Lives
  • Vince Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Mary Hooks, Co-Director, Southerners on New Ground
  • Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal and Advocacy Director, Project South
  • Ashley Sawyer, Director of Policy and Government Relations, Girls for Gender Equity
  • Kayla Reed, Co-Director, Action St. Louis
  • Blake Strode, Executive Director, Arch City Defenders
  • Jovana Renteria, Puente Human Rights Movement
  • Alana Greer, Co-Director, Community Justice Project
  • Amanda Alexander, Executive Director, Detroit Justice Center
  • Thomas Mariadason, Deputy Director, Asian Law Caucus
  • Montague Simmons, Local Justice Director, Movement Voter Project
  • Phil Agnew, Co-Founder, Dream Defenders
  • Scott Roberts, Senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns, Color of Change
  • Rukia Lumumba, Co-Coordinator, Electoral Justice Project
  • Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Co-Executive Director, Highlander Research & Education Center
  • Paromita Shah, Executive Director, Just Futures Law
  • Advancement Project National Office Staff:
    • Maria Fernandez, Senior Campaign Strategist
    • Losmin Jimenez, Senior Attorney and Program Director, Immigrant Justice
    • Sabrina Khan, Senior Attorney and Deputy Program Director, Power and Democracy
    • Jennifer Lai-Peterson, Senior Attorney, Immigrant Justice and Power and Democracy
    • Denise Lieberman, Senior Attorney and Program Director, Power and Democracy
    • Tyler Whittenberg, Senior Attorney and Deputy Program Director, Ending the Schoolhouse-to-Jailhouse Track
    • Thomas Harvey, Senior Attorney and Program Director, Justice Project

Date: October 16, 2019 from 9:30am – 5pm 

Location: Howard University School of Law


  • Current Students (Law, Undergrad, Grad) - Free
  • Advancement Project Alumni - Free
  • Nonprofit Organizations - $75
  • General Admission (Law Professors and Others) - $150

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