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Annual Robert M. Cover Public Interest Retreat Registration Now Open!

December 2, 2016

The Robert M. Cover Retreat brings together law students, academics and practitioners committed to public interest to share their experiences, network and reinvigorate their commitment to this important work. Registration deadline is February 17, 2017. When: March 3-5, 2017

Where: Sargent Center, Peterborough, NH

Cost: $195 (includes retreat fees, lodging, and all meals/food).

Check out the evolving list of practitioners and register for the retreat!

Exploring Public Interest Resources at HLS: Communicating with Employers

November 23, 2016

One of the toughest parts of a job search is deciding which offer to accept. The lack of a consistent hiring timeline by public service employers and the fact that every situation differs makes decision making a difficult part of the search process. Our advice will help you through the process.

Alumni Reflect on Political Transitions

November 22, 2016

At OPIA, we know that a change in administration in Washington can create uncertainty and questions in students and alumni considering interning or working in federal government and in alumni already in federal service. As the next presidential transition approaches, we are hearing questions about what it will mean for federal legal internships and careers. […]

Movement Lawyering

This article presents a critical reflection on the disconnect between conventional legal training and the skills needed by lawyers to support low-income communities of color, among others, in addressing US systems of oppression. It is intended to assist aspiring “movement lawyers” in developing their capacity to align their strategic and tactical decision-making with the power dynamics faced by the communities they serve.

It’s About Power, Not Policy: Movement Lawyering for Largescale Social Change