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Come and join us as we celebrate public interest work through collaborative workshops, discussions on overcoming challenges in the legal profession, and meeting fellow community-oriented individuals!

2:00 PM- 5:00 PM: Workshops
5:00 PM- 6:00 PM: Mixer

Practical Challenges in Immigration Law: Roadblocks Practitioners Face in the Immigration System
We all know that Immigration Law is complex and not as friendly to practitioners and immigrants as it could be. During the day-to-day intricacies of practice, lawyers experience challenges, frustrations, and so much more. This panel of two incredibly experienced Immigration lawyers (and LLS alums!) will discuss the roadblocks that practitioners face and how attorneys use their knowledge to overcome these challenges on behalf of their clients.

The Road to Housing Justice: Strategically Tackling the Homelessness Crisis in Los Angeles
Loyola Law School sits in the center of Los Angeles, where more than 60,000 people sleep on the streets every night. While legislators continue to drag their feet, eviction defense lawyers, policy advocates, and community organizers around the city are working hard to alleviate the crisis. Our panelists will discuss a proposed right to housing bill, the rights of tenants and how tenants can organize to strategically expand renters’ rights, and - most importantly - how you can get involved in the fight.

Trauma Informed Lawyering: Strengthening Relationships Through Care and Understanding
Research shows that trauma-informed lawyering can strengthen legal advocacy, improve attorney-client relationships, and improve client outcomes. The Trauma-Informed Lawyering Workshop is an introduction to concepts of trauma and secondary traumatic stress. Participants will leave with practice tips, self-care strategies, and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a trauma-informed advocate. Our panelists include a licensed social worker and a public interest attorney. Following the workshop, participants will have an opportunity to ask the panelists any follow-up questions they may have. 

Reproductive Justice: Where Do We Go From Here and Dealing with the Current SCOTUS
Reproductive rights have been at the forefront of everyone’s minds since before the Dobbs decision was issued. At a time when it feels like the Supreme Court itself is slowly whittling away at law we all care about so deeply, how can we--as students and practitioners in the Public Interest field--work to preserve these fundamental rights on a national level? What kind of actions or learning can we seek out? Speakers will discuss the effects of the Dobbs SCOTUS decision and other upcoming SCOTUS cases, and what good strategies are for students and practitioners moving forward. 

Interviewing Skills: Gaining a Client’s Trust
When practicing Public Interest Law and/or Criminal Law, it can sometimes be difficult to get a client to trust you right away. Either you are coming in as their second, third, fourth attorney and they have past bad experiences, or the client has experienced trauma that makes it difficult for them to trust people, or both! In this workshop, participants will work with an experienced attorney to learn skills on how to best interact in those initial meetings to ensure a strong attorney/client bond. 

Queering Legal Scholarship: Storytelling & Participatory Action Research in Systems Change Advocacy
The queer community, particularly youth of color, have faced unprecedented attacks on their access to healthcare, visibility in education, and ability to physically move through public spaces safely, among other basic rights, over the past decade. How are community advocates combatting such aggression innovating their solutions and how, if at all, can that advocacy itself be “queered”? In partnership with theLoyola Interdisciplinary Journal of Public Interest Law’s inaugural issue, this panel of legal practitioners, artists, and organizers explores movement and narrative-based approaches to LGBTQ+ systems change work through participatory action research and culturally relevant activism, and will highlight such proposals’ possibility by featuring excerpts from pieces submitted for publication.

Join law students, staff, faculty and alumni for a celebration of our law school community! Food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Loyola Law School is a State Bar of California MCLE-approved provider. Up to 2.25 hours of MCLE are available with sign in at each session on the day of the event.  This activity is pending approval.

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