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The Lawyer’s Role in Social Movements

It is important that lawyers find their voice and play a role in advancing social movements. In every U.S. state, there are ongoing grassroots-led campaigns to address mass incarceration and police accountability, protect LGBTQIA rights, create a right to adequate housing, shelter, clean water and air, create living-wage policies, ensure a comprehensive and humane immigration policy, and protect against the deterioration of the social safety net, among many other issues. Lawyers are in a unique position to amplify the voices of activists and support social movements.


  • Jennifer Ching, Executive Director, North Star Fund
  • Cait De Mott Grady, Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Defender Service
  • Tonya Phillips, Director of Community Partnerships & Development, Sugar Law Center
  • Avatara Smith-Carrington, Attorney and Tyron Garner Law Fellow, Lambda Legal
  • Britney Wilson, Associate Professor of Law & Director of Civil Rights, Disability Justice Clinic