Abstracts

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Title: Street Law: Tools And Lessons From US-Russian Collaboration

Lead Presenter: Judith Zimmer

Co-Presenters:

  1. Arkady Gutnikov
  2. Julie Zipunnikova
  3. Richard Roe
  4. Timur Khazbiev
  5. Vera Gulina

Session Abstract: Street Law advances justice through classroom and community education programs that empower people with the practical legal knowledge, skills, and confidence to participate in civic life. Law is everywhere. In order to thrive, people need to understand their legal rights and responsibilities, as well as the important role they can and should play in shaping laws in their communities, states and countries. Street Law programs involve law students teaching secondary school students and community members about everyday law and helping to develop important civic skills. Additionally, Street Law programs in law schools help fledgling lawyers understand their responsibility to the community and inspire an empathetic response to those who are marginalized. New law graduates armed with this experience help ensure access to a just and fair community for all and help people build the skills needed to improve their lives and strengthen civil society. This interactive workshop will feature law faculty members from across Russia who will share their lessons and good practices learned from a year of working together to initiate Street Law programs at their law schools. Street Law, Inc.; the D.C. Street Law Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center; the Russian- based Center for the Development of Legal Clinics; and faculty members from North Arctic Federal University (Arkhangelsk), Chechen State University (Grozny), Moscow State University (Moscow), Tomsk State University (Tomsk), and Ural State Legal University (Ekaterinburg) have collaborated to develop teaching materials and launch new law school-based programs with strong academic practices that strengthen civic engagement. As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to: - identify key factors to consider when developing a Street Law program at their law school - share and understand strategies to address challenges in Street law program development - demonstrate lessons and strategies that combine energetic teaching methodology built around public policy issues - identify promising practices for building sustainable programs with strong impact

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