Goldweber and Calabrese Organize Conference and Co-facilitate Workgroup at Statewide Law School Access to Justice Conference at St. John’s

On May 18, Professor Ann L. Goldweber and Professor Gina M. Calabrese helped organize the conference and co-facilitated a workgroup at the Statewide Law School Access to Justice Conference held at St. John’s on May 18, 2017. goldwebercalabrese

The theme of the Conference was “The Role of New York’s Law Schools in Helping Meet the Essential Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income New Yorkers”. The Conference brought together law school clinical professors, legal services providers, not-for-profits, judges, and court administrators to foster collaboration in working towards access to justice for all New Yorkers. Professors Goldweber and Calabrese’s workgroup focused on enhancing access to justice and access to democratic participation through advocacy and community partnerships. The Work Group explored models of collaboration to expand access to justice between law school clinics and local communities, legal service providers, community organizations and courts. The morning session featured a panel of law school clinicians, St. John’s law student Katy Baldwin, and community-based legal providers. Panelists discussed the successes and challenges of their clinic-community collaborations in direct representation, law reform advocacy and information empowerment. In the afternoon session, participants worked in facilitated small groups and discussed ways of developing and strengthening collaborations and initiatives. All of the recommendations of the workgroup will be memorialized in the Annual Report of the Permanent Commission on Access to Justice.

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