This year, the NYLS community is honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting a full week of social justice-focused trainings and discussions. The Martin Luther King Jr. “Week of Action” is being organized by NYLS’s Impact Center for Public Interest Law, one of its six academic centers. It begins the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, 2019.
On Tuesday, NYLS’s Equal Rights Coalition, a student group, will present its newly revised Activism Handbook. The group will host a discussion about what it means to be an activist today.
On Wednesday, NYLS’s Impact Center will feature a discussion on defending activists who participate in political protests. The speaker is Martin Stolar, a criminal defense attorney and former President of the New York City chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
On Thursday, the Impact Center will host a special “Cop Watch” training. Two attorneys will teach attendees how to safely and legally monitor and record police activity they might observe. The training emphasizes the importance of protecting individuals’ civil rights.
And finally, on the following Monday, the Impact Center will host “Movement Lawyering and the Black Lives Matter Movement.” The event will feature Black Lives Matter leader Marbre Stahly-Butts, Executive Director of Law for Black Lives and a graduate of Yale Law School, in a discussion about the rise of movement lawyering and how lawyers can support grassroots organizing and social change.
“We’re proud and excited to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and to teach students what it means to be a lawyer-activist,” said Swati Parikh, Executive Director of Public Service and Pro Bono Initiatives at NYLS. “This year, we found opportunities to expand on our traditional activities, and we’re looking forward to engaging the School community in our work.”