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Community Lawyering: What is it and how do I do it? A conversation with Wasserstein Fellows Meena Jagannath & Donna Harati

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Community Lawyering (or “movement lawyering”) refers to the use of legal advocacy to advance community-driven solutions in ways that build capacity of local leadership and build the power of grassroots movements to effect systemic change. At a time when activism and organizing are swelling in the U.S., this model of lawyering is as relevant and impactful as ever. 

Join OPIA for a session with two incredible community lawyers and Wasserstein Fellows, Meena Jagannath and Donna HaratiThis session will introduce participants to the theory and practice of Community Lawyering and is designed to help law students better understand how to create the kind of lawyer/client relationships that build capacity, power, and leadership, in addition achieving legal wins. It will also offer insights into the career considerations for becoming a community lawyer. 

Meena Jagannath is the Director of Global Programs at Movement Law Lab. She is a movement lawyer with an extensive background in activism and international human rights, including work in South Floria, Haiti, and Guatemala. Donna Harati is the Director of Legal Services and Community Lawyer at Homeboy Industries, where she advances justice-based responses to harm and world without prisons and policing. 

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Please note that the views expressed by the speaker(s) are their own.

If you’re a student at another Harvard-affiliated school and would like to attend this event, contact OPIA directly to register.

Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact OPIA in advance of the session.


October 14
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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