Movement lawyering is an alternative model of public interest advocacy and litigation that has gained significant traction in the USA over the last decade. Growing out of the limitations and criticisms of existing forms of public interest lawyering, it challenges underlying assumptions regarding the role of lawyers and provides a framework for lawyers to be led by, and shift power towards, communities and social change movements.
In this webinar, co-hosted with Community Legal Western Australia, Zoe Bush (EDO's Safe Climate Team) and Sarah Schwartz (ALS WA's Civil and Human Rights Unit) draw on their recent experience in the USA and with Law for Black Lives to explore what movement lawyering is, tangible examples of how it is being used, and, most importantly, whether and how it might be translated to the Australian context. In the context of growing social movements around climate change, the mass-incarceration and over-policing of First Nations peoples, just economies, and the rights of people seeking asylum, it is more important than ever for 'social justice' lawyers to critically examine our role and think about ways we can be better led by the communities with whom we work.
Presenters: Zoe Bush (EDO's Safe Climate Team) and Sarah Schwartz (ALS WA's Civil and Human Rights Unit)