The Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration takes the lead in infusing the law school’s public interest mission into all facets of the student experience. While supporting every aspect of the law school’s commitment to social justice, the center is also launcing a variety of programs and initiatives that address broader justice issues in the community, nation and world. The center’s most recent initiative is NUSL Student Volunteers for Justice, which provides law students with volunteer opportunities to help defeat many of the recent federal executive orders and proposed changes in federal law intent on cutting back individual rights and freedoms. Students are providing pro bono legal research and assistance to organizations such as the ACLU’s Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project, Greater Boston Legal Services, GLAD, the National Lawyers Guild and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. The center is also taking the lead in planning is the law school’s 50th anniversary celebration, which will include conversations and events aimed at reimagining the nature of public interest law in the 21st century.

Professor Lucy Williams, an internationally recognized authority on welfare law and low-wage labor, directs the Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration. 

Mission statement

Through teaching, practice, research and networking, the Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration seeks to enhance the role of law and legal practice in achieving social, economic and environmental justice in all dimensions. Searching for innovative and holistic solutions to contemporary social justice challenges, we work across disciplines; we engage with academic, professional, advocacy and grassroots communities; and we develop approaches to legal education geared toward this mission.

Upcoming Public Interest Events

November 17 - 18, 2017
International Law, Local Justice: Human Rights Transformed
A Symposium in Honor of Professor Hope Lewis

December 7 - 8, 2017
PHRGE Human Rights Institute
Securing Land Rights in the Era of Land Grabbing: The Role of a Land Tenure Security

February 5-7, 2018
Daynard Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program 
Winter 2018 Daynard Visiting Fellow: Chase Strangio '10, Staff Attorney, ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project

April 13, 2018
Annual Health Law Conference
Diseases of Despair: The Role of Policy and Law

Spring 2018
Givelber Distinguished Public Interest Lecturer Program

Recent Public Interest Events

October 30, 2017
Annual Health Law Lecture Featuring Stephen Rosenfeld, Health Care Attorney and Advocate 
Making Good Health Policy by Practicing Good Health Law

September 25 - 27, 2017
Daynard Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program 
Fall 2017 Daynard Visiting Fellow: Adam Foss, Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

September 14, 2017
Bearing Witness to Trauma: Innovative Tools to Assist First Responder and Victim Services Agencies
An Interdisciplinary Conversation

September 19, 2017
Safety First: Toward Safe Consumption Facilities in Massachusetts
A Community Forum

September 7, 2017
Clínica de Migrantes: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Film Screening and Discussion

September 6, 2017
PHRGE Forum Featuring Jillian Tuck '12 
From Law School to Human Rights Leadership: A Personal Account 

September 5, 2017
Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecture 
Guest Lecturer: Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy 

Affiliated Programs