Wednesday, December 2, 2009

UGA Working in the Public Interest Conference/Panel on EJ

From the student organizing committee of UGA's annual WIPI conference.  Note below that there will be a panel on environmental justice issues.

The 5th Annual Working In The Public Interest Conference

Save the Date!  UGA Law’s Working in the Public Interest (“WIPI”) would like to invite you to attend the Fifth Annual "Working in the Public Interest: Advancing Social Justice" Conference on February 26-27, 2010.

The conference is not simply for those pursuing a career in public interest law.  Whether that is your intended career path, or you plan on working in the private sector or in a non-traditional legal job—we welcome you!  Not only is this a free opportunity for you to attend and participate in candid, progressive discussions of  human rights issues, this is also a perfect networking opportunity—to meet fellow attorneys, professionals, and law students.

This two day event features panels and roundtable discussions with speakers drawn from all parts of the country.  The conference will be held at the School of Law, and we will be offering CLE credits for attending attorneys.  We can also arrange free housing for student attendees who would like to stay with other students here in Athens.

WIPI 2010 Panels:

•Prison Reform:  Disentanglement from the Concrete Jungle
Issues Facing Former Inmates Struggling to Reintegrate into Society

•Environmental Justice: Not In My Backyard
The Disproportionate Impact of Pollution on Minority and Impoverished Communities

•Advocacy & Crossover Kids:  When a Child Never Had a Chance
The Pipeline Carrying Children From Foster Care to Juvenile Delinquency

•LGBT:  Don't Be a Hater!
When Hate Crimes Are Directed At Members of the LGBT Community

•Immigration:  The Selective Melting Pot
Balancing the Competing Interests of our Nation and our Immigrants

WIPI 2010 Lunch Roundtables:

•Public Interest versus Private Practice: Why it Doesn’t Have to Be a Choice

•Education Advocacy in Public Interest: Lessons to be Learned

•Media Representation of the Public Interest: Is Seeing Really Believing?

*Coming soon to our website: keynote speaker information, lunch roundtable information, panel information, panelist information, photos from past conferences, electronic registration, and more! Please visit

Registration is FREE for all students!  Registration (electronic) will open next month. If you have questions or concerns, please email us at:  You may also find us on Facebook at

If you’d like to receive posters/flyers to distribute, or would like to help us spread the word, please email us at

Please feel free to distribute this email and its contents to other students, professors, or practitioners who may be interested in attending the conference.  We look forward to seeing you there!

2009-2010 WIPI Executive Board

The UGA WIPI board always does a great job organizing this conference, and it's a good chance for public interest-minded students and practitioners to come together.  I hope you all will share this information with your students.

Jamie Baker Roskie

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