Students Invited to Attend "Working in the Public Interest Conference" at UGA

The 3rd annual "Working In the Public Interest Conference" will take place at UGA Law on April 4 and 5, 2008. The conference is dedicated to bringing a creative forum for the discussion of practical approaches to lawyering that can best serve the poor. Pursuant to this mission, the organizers have planned a full day of panels, roundtable discussions, meals, and a career networking reception. The conference is free for students, and free student housing is provided.

Keynote Speakers

  • Stephen Wizner, Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Brenda Joy (B.J.) Bernstein, Attorney, The Bernstein Firm P.C.


  • **Race and the Criminal Justice System.
  • **Decriminalizing Mental Illness: The Rise of Mental Health Courts.
  • **Funding the Public Defender System: Who Should Foot the Bill?
  • Environmental Justice: Towards a Just Future
  • Immigration Policy Reform: Immigrant Integration and Civic Participation
  • Women's Rights: A New Era in Reproductive Justice?
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Youth in Out of Home Care
  • The Media: How it shapes Our View of the Law
  • Access to Justice: Civil Gideon Moot Court

**Indicates that the panel is part of the Criminal Justice Series

Lunch Round tables

  • Lunch with Carol Kolinchak, Jena 6 Legal Defense Team
  • Lunch with Jon Rapping, Southern Public Defender Training Center
  • Analyzing Recent Supreme Court Cases
  • Impact Litigation

Registration and list of panelist are available at

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Registration is completely free for students. Attorneys may obtain 8.25 CLEcredits for a nominal registration fee (see website for details).