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The Law and Systemic Change

  • Main Street Landing Peforming Arts Center 60 Lake Street Burlington, VT, 05401 United States (map)

The Law and Systemic Change: A Workshop for Lawyers and Activists

Sponsored by the Vermont Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, The VT Poor People’s Campaign, The ACLU of Vermont, and Rights and Democracy VT.

Main Street Landing Gallery, 60 Lake Street, Burlington Vermont

This workshop will train activists and lawyers to deploy and defend organizing strategies in support of progressive change. The program incorporates a discussion of ongoing efforts to organize for social and economic justice, as well as concrete training on the law as both a limit and a tool for social change. 

Recommended donation is $100 for lawyers, $25 for others. No one turned away for lack of funds.

We have limited space, so please register by contacting Tim Belcher at or 207-841-1585

9:00 am: Registration
9:30: Opening Remarks and Introduction:
9:45 am- 10:30 am: Organizing for Social and Economic Justice: perspectives from organizers
-presented by Kim Lawson, Mark Hughes
11:00 am – 11:45 am: Movement work and Political Struggles: case studies and discussion
-presented by James Leas, Henry Harris, Barry Kade


12:00 pm – 12:45 am: Tenants Rights Issues and Organizing
-presented by Sandra Baird and Jared Carter
12:45 to 1:30: Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Dissent 101: Criminal law and procedure
-presented byJosh Raisler-Cohn, Robert Appel
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm: Ethical issues arising from representing the civilly disobedient            -presented byJack McCullough

Highschool and College Credit Available on Request
CLE credit application pending


Later Event: April 10
Release of National Audit