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You Should Run: Advancing Social Justice by Running for Office

October 21, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Have you ever thought about running for office? Or managing a political campaign? Or working in government? Join us in our conversation with Hon. Jenifer Rajkumar, the elected District Leader in Lower Manhattan and a civil rights attorney at Sanford Heisler, LLP. She put together 3 of NYC’s most successful insurgent campaigns in the past few years, achieving the most votes of any challenger in NYC in the 2013 election cycle. Labeled a surprise insurgent by the New York Daily News in 2011 and a “rising star” by City & State in 2012, Rajkumar beat a 28 year incumbent when she was 28 years old, and by an astounding 70% of the vote. Rajkumar worked in policy in Washington DC, has litigated civil rights cases on behalf of vulnerable groups, and has served on the national board of directors of the Women’s Campaign Fund. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and UPenn. This talk will examine movement politics as a way to advance your passion for public interest law and social justice. Plato once pondered what the world would be like if all the poets became politicians. Running for office is a decision that would take you outside the box, literally. We will go over the practical nuts and bolts of being a lawyer who runs for office. We will also explore the larger theoretical questions of the types of social change you could effect through electoral politics and the important niche you could fill in electoral politics as a social justice lawyer in this post Citizens United era. Indian Food will be served! Co-Sponsored with HLS Dems. Afternoon workshop with HLS Dems will follow.


October 21, 2014
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:
Student Orgs Events


Austin Hall 111 Classroom – West


Pamula, Anusha