Working in the Public Interest is a student-run conference at the UGA School of Law. Every spring public interest law students bring practitioners from around the world to Athens, Georgia to speak about pressing issues of the day in public interest law. The purpose of WIPI is to create a forum where public interest law students can bring the issues that matter to them to the table. Attendees of the conference are given great networking opportunities with professionals in various fields of public interest law.
WIPI seeks to bring together eminent practitioners in their respective fields, students, and faculty to discuss practical approaches to lawyering that promote social justice and human rights for all. The Conference seeks to highlight dynamic, creative ways to combat social injustice through advocacy and the law.
March 2, 2019
Larry Walker Room, Fourth Floor of Dean Rusk Hall, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
- 8:30 - 9:00 Registration and Coffee Service
- 9:00 - 9:30 Opening Plenary
- 9:30 -10:30 Session 1a: Lawyering in the Immigration System
- 9:30 - 10:30 Session 1b: Lawyering in the Veterans Administration System
- 10:45 - 12:30 Session 2: “The Unafraid” Documentary Viewing and Facilitated Discussion
12:45 - 1:45p Keynote and Lunch,
- Spc. Hector Barajas, Founder of the Deported Veterans Support House
1:45 - 2:45 Session 3: The Intersection of Immigrant and Veteran Rights
- Featuring Lt. Col. Margaret Stock (ret.), 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellow
We are committed to providing reasonable access and accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. For questions, contact Casey Anne Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-542-5167 at least three days prior to the event.
9:30 - 10:30
Session 1a: Lawyering in the Immigration System
Session 1b: Lawyering in the Veterans Administration System
A discussion of the unique challenges lawyers face as well as how having no constitutional right to an attorney impacts clients.
10:45 - 12:30
Session 2: "The Unafraid” Documentary Viewing and Facilitated Discussion
Georgia does not allow Dreamers to attend public colleges. How does this affect the immigrant community and how can citizens advocate for changes to this policy?
12:45 - 1:45
Keynote and Lunch
Spc. Hector Barajas, Founder of the Deported Veterans Support House
2:00 - 3:00
Session 3: The Intersection of Immigrant and Veteran Rights
Featuring Lt. Col. Margaret Stock (ret.), 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellow
Historically, military service has been a pathway to citizen in the United States. With new regulations in place, this is no longer the case and many veterans are finding themselves deported upon completion of their military service.
In 2007, the WIPI Executive Board established the Milner S. Ball Lifetime Achievement Award to honor practitioners that have dedicated their careers to public interest work. The award is named for Professor Ball, who founded UGA's Public Interest Practicum and inspired many UGA students to pursue their interests in public interest law.
2014 - Stephen Bright, President and Senior Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights
2012 - Don Keenan, Founder, Keenan's Kids Foundation
2011 - Doug Ammar, Executive Director of Georgia Justice Project
2010 - John Whithead, President and Founder of the Rutherford Institute
2009 - J.L. Chestnut, Civil Rights Advocate
2008 - Phyllis Holmen, Executive Director, Georgia Legal Services Program
2007 - Prof. Milner S. Ball, Caldwell Professor of Constitutional Law, UGA, & Founder of the UGA Law School Public Interest Practicum
The WIPI Executive board also created the WIPI Student Achievement Award to honor law students who, through their work in public interest, made a significant difference in the lives of the indigent or under-served. Candidates for the award should be current law students, who did not receive compensation or monetary reward for their efforts. Work performed in clinics, internships, and externship for class credit is acceptable.
2012 - Touch Thouk, 3L, University of Saint Thomas School of Law
2011 - Emma Hetherington, 3L, University of Georgia School of Law, Co-Founder Public Interest Law Council
2010 - Nikki Thanos, 3L, Loyola Univeristy College of Law in New Orleans Louisiana
2009 - Rebecca Williford, 3L, University of North Carolina, President of Disability Law Association.
2008 - Steve Weyer and Terri Porter, Co-Chairs of EPIC 2008, Inspiration Awards, Emory Law School
2007 - Cliff Williams, 3L, Georgia State University College of Law and Georgia Innocence Project Intern
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