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Human Rights Advocacy in the U.S.: A Training for Attorneys, Organizers & Other Public Interest Practitioners in the Greater Miami Area

August 16-17, 2013

University of Miami School of Law

Faculty Meeting Room, Law Library (4th Floor)

1311 Miller Road, Coral   Gables, FL, 33146 

Sponsored by the Local Human Rights Lawyering Project at the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law and the Miami Law Human Rights Clinic.

The Local Human Rights Lawyering Project based at the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law provides training, coaching, and mentorship to legal aid attorneys and public defenders with the aim of integrating the human rights framework into daily work at the state and local level in the U.S.

The Project has been working closely with two partner legal aid organizations, Maryland Legal Aid and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, for the past year with great success. This summer, they are expanding the reach of the project to encourage others to integrate human rights arguments into advocacy before judges and policy makers, as well as to integrate human rights principles into the client-lawyer relationship and into organizational decision-making systems. To that end, they are planning a free training at the University of Miami School of Law on August 16-17, 2013 (CLE credits are available for members of the FL Bar).

The University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic, which launched in January 2011, exposes students to the practice of law in the international and cross-cultural context of human rights litigation and advocacy at the local, national and international levels. In the classroom, students critically engage with human rights law and contemporary social problems while honing their lawyering and advocacy skills. Outside the classroom, students gain hands-on experience working on cutting-edge human rights projects and cases before the United Nations, the Organization of American States and other human rights bodies.

Lauren E. Bartlett, Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Director, as well as Nelson Mock, Human Rights Coordinator at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, will be facilitating the training, along with faculty and staff at the University of Miami. Speakers include:

  • Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director, Miami Law Human Rights Clinic;
  • Stephen J. Schnably, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law;
  • JoNel Newman, Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director, Miami Law Health Rights Clinic;
  • Rebecca Sharpless, Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director, Miami Law Immigration Clinic;
  • Jessica Carvalho Morris, Director of International Graduate Law Programs, Miami Law & General Secretary, Board of Directors, Amnesty International USA;
  • Kelleen Corrigan, Practitioner-in-Residence and Lecturer, Miami Law Human Rights Clinic;
  • Cathy Albisa, Executive Director, National Economic Social Rights Initiative;
  • Nelson Mock, Human Rights Coordinator, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid;
  • Lauren E. Bartlett, Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Director, American University Washington College of Law.

Space is limited. To register for this free training, please fill out the registration form by 5:00 p.m. ET on July 31, 2013.

Parking is available free of charge at the Pavia Garage. Please click here for a campus map, the Pavia Garage is in pink. If for any reason you cannot use this form to register for the training or have any questions, please contact Danny Vargas.

For additional details and to fill out the registration form, please visit the website.