Social Justice, Then and Now
The Journal of Public Interest Law’s 2022 Spring Symposium
New Directions and approaches to Community Organizing. Register via jpil.org
The symposium will have sessions on reproductive rights, environmental injustice, affordable housing, and voting rights.
The Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law (JPIL) presents the 2022 Symposium, “Social Justice, Then and Now: New Directions and Approaches to Community Organizing.”
The year is 2022, and the social justice issues we face today remind us, and the world, of our past, which has perpetuated inequities for decades to come. A fine line exists between the law’s role as an instrument for social justice and the co-existing role it plays in preserving inequities and obstructing advancements toward equality and social change. As actors in the legal community, we have an ongoing duty to effectuate the fair administration of justice and collaboratively address the continuing disadvantages that plague the laws themselves. Ultimately, how we approach these laws will decide our future as a land of liberty and our standing as a leader of social freedoms and progression.
There is power in community-based organizing to rework traditional methods of achieving actual equity in status, rights, and opportunities. To create positive and tangible change going forward, we must address the vestiges ingrained in private conduct and public legislation that perpetuate harm across race and class lines. By doing so in our communities, we can only hope as young attorneys, it creates a ripple effect across the country, and we see genuine, meaningful change.
The Symposium will feature four-panel discussions and a Keynote Address with professionals from diverse fields exploring public interest challenges that continue to impact communities disproportionately across race and class lines. The panels will cover (1) reproductive rights, (2) environmental injustices, (3) affordable housing, and (4) voting rights and voter suppression – with the objective of providing mechanisms for action that advance justice in a modern context.
- General Public and Legal Community: The Spring 2022 Symposium will be open for in person attendance and via Zoom webinar. To access the Zoom webinar, register for the Symposium through this link or on the jpil website.
- Loyola Student Body: In-person attendance is required. A general skills credit (“SKL-SOCJ-40122”) is available. In-person attendance is required, and students must attend at least two panels and submit a minimum 300-word reflection paper to earn a skills credit. For more information on the skills credit, visit the Loyola Law website.