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CPIAC Coffee Hour - Thursdays at 4:50 pm in the Library Sun Room

The Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration hosts regular gatherings for coffee and conversation at 4:40 pm on Thursdays. We provide coffee, tea and treats in the sun room (1st floor library). No registration necessary but if you think you can make it please email so we can make sure there are enough snacks.

Recent Coffee Hours Themes:
Organizing for Housing Justice with City Life/Vida Urbana
Protecting Civil Liberties with the Muslim Justice League
Community Lawyering to Fight Deportations with Greater Boston Legal Services

Any suggestions for future topics or guests? Please let us know! Email with your suggestions. 

Pro Bono Training Series
In partnership with the Center for Co-op and Career Development, CPIAC is coordinating and expanding pro bono opportunities at Northeastern through a series of pro bono trainings. Stay tuned for details! 

Presentations include:
• Unauthorized practice of law (or how not to practice law without a license)
• Interviewing clients with mental health concerns
• Community organizing basics for lawyers
• Ethics of community lawyering

Comment Parties
In partnership with student groups, CPIAC sponsors comment-generating parties on rules such as the Department of Health and Human Services proposal that would have negative implications for LGBTQ+ foster youth and the HUD proposal that would put 55,000 children at risk of eviction due to living with undocumented family members. If you would like to join us, let us know!

Upcoming Public Interest Events

January 9, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM 
Film Screening: Respect and LOVE 
In this documentary short, the filmmaker engages her mother in a frank conversation about past sexual abuse by a priest, getting to know her better in the process,and beginning to reimagine their relationship. We hope you can join us for a screening of this powerful film, followed by a Q&A with the director, Angelique Webster.

January 13, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM
A Conversation With Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Sponsored by Northeastern Law's Center for Public Interest and Collaboration; Human Rights Caucus; Queer Caucus; Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

January 14, 2020
Holistic Legal Advocacy: The Role of the Modern Public Defender

January 27 - 29, 2019 
Spring 2020 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow
Chaumtoli Huq '97
Founder/Editor, Law@theMargins; Associate Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law

April 9, 2020 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecture
Displacement, Citizenship and Human Rights Challenges for the 21st Century

April 17, 2020
Annual Health law Conference
Public Health Litigation: Possibilities and Pitfalls

Recent Public Interest Events 

November 12, 2019
A Fight for the Future: Holding Governments Accountable for a Livable Climate
Lessons from the Juliana and Urgenda Lawsuits.
Guest speaker: Tessa Khan, Co-Director, Climate Litigation Network/Urgenda

November 1, 2019
C2P – Connecting Silos and Mapping Points of Intervention in the Cradle-To-Prison Pipeline

October 25, 2019
Annual Health Law Lecture
We Will Be Citizens: From AIDS Activism to Mobilizing for (Health) Justice…

Wednesday, October 23 | 12:00 to 1:30 PM | 240 Dockser Hall
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Event 

Jane Anderson, NYU professor and founder of the Local Contexts project, which works to help Indigenous, Métis, Aboriginal, Inuit and First Nations preserve their intellectual property and cultural heritage, will be our guest speaker in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  

Co-hosted with the Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity 

October 2, 2019 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM | Dockser Commons
Student to Student Public Interest Co-op Fair

September 23 - 25, 2019

Fall 2019 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow
Jaribu Hill, Founder and Executive Director, Mississippi Worker’s Center for Human Rights and the Mississippi Project

Community Lecture | Monday, September 23, 2019, noon
Back in the Day Is Today: Continued Forms of Race Discrimination in Workplaces

Roundtable Discussion | Wednesday, September 25, 2019, noon
Sexual Harassment in Low-Wage Workplaces: Demystifying the Law

September 19-21, 2019
Givelber Distinguished Public Interest Lecturer Program
Savi Horne, Executive Director, Land Loss Prevention Project

July 22, 2019 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM 
Law as Advocacy: An ACLU Training
Interested in learning how to have an effective meeting with your legislators and advocate for the issues that matter to you? Join us for a workshop on legislative advocacy led by the ACLU of Massachusetts. Learn about issues like face surveillance technology and the Safe Communities Act, and how to prepare written testimony for legislative hearings.
A light dinner will be provided
RSVP : Gianina Chua,

July 24, 2019 
CRRJ Workshop:  Where Restorative Justice and Human Rights Meet

Jennifer Llewellyn
Yogis and Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law
Professor of Law, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Professor Llewellyn will discuss her current work as commissioner of the Restorative Inquiry for the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children. She previously advised the Assembly of First Nations and Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the response to Residential School abuse.

When: July 24, 2019 | 4:00-5:30 PM
Where: CRRJ Clinic Suite, Dockser Hall 310
Questions? email Lauren Hawkes,

June 22, 2019
Murder in Mobile Screening at the Roxbury International Film Festival 
Murder in Mobile continues its festival run with a screening at the Roxbury International Film Festival. The inspiring short documentary which highlights the work of NUSL's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic (CRRJ) will be shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Saturday, June 22, at 12:30 p.m. 

June 26, 2019 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM 
CRRJ Workshop: Interpretive Limitations of Genetic Ancestry Testing and the Case for Reparations 
Presented by the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project Workshop Series

Featuring Jada Benn Torres
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Genetic Anthropology and Biocultural Studies Laboratory, Vanderbilt University
>> Download the flyer
>> RSVP:

Sponsored by the School of Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) and its Center for Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration.

June 19, 2019
A Celebration of Professor Alfred Brownell's Goldman Prize
In April, Alfred Brownell, Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the School of Law's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his extraordinary work protecting land rights. 

May 22, 2019
Denise Carty-Bennia Award Reception
The 26th Annual Denise Carty-Bennia Memorial Bar Awards Reception will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. in the Moot Court Room (160 Dockser Hall). Students will be notified in advance if they are selected for the scholarships. All students, their families, the Alumni/ae Board, and faculty and staff of the Law School are invited to this event.

April 16, 2019 | 4:30 - 7:00 PM | 32 Dockser
Intro to Community Organizing
What is community organizing? How do I build community organizing skills? How can law students engage with other forms of social change? Abel Cano, founder and executive director of the Arc of Change, a Boston-based training initiative focused on harnessing the power of community organizing practices as a transformative craft for leadership and social impact, will be answering these questions and more. Sponsored by Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration, How to Get it Done and the Student Political Organizing Team. 

April 17, 2019
Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecture
Alfred Brownell,  Distinguished Scholar in Residence in Northeastern University School of Law’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE)

April 9, 2019
Immigrant Justice Clinic Honors Harvey Kaplan and Maureen O'Sullivan
Join NUSL's Immigrant Justice Clinic in honoring Harvey Kaplan and Maureen O'Sullivan for their profound contribution to building Northeastern's immigration law program.

March 21, 2019 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM | 240 Dockser Hall
New England Premier: Central Airport THF
NUSL's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) and Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration hosted the New England Premier of Central Airport THF, a feature documentary that portrays the everyday life of refugees in the hangars of the no longer in use Berlin airport Tempelhof.
>> View trailer

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Join the Multicultural Law Student Association (MLSA), the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and the Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC) on Thursday, February 14, for the first in a series of lectures on Disrupting the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline. 

Candace Moore
Senior Staff Attorney, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

12:00 - 1:30 PM | Moot Court Room
Community Lecture: Race Equity in Education

4:00 - 6:00 PM | 32 Dockser Hall
A Conversation on the Power of Women of Color in Justice Advocacy

These events are presented by MLSA, BLSA & CPIAC in honor of Black History Month. 
For more information, email Lili Ibara at

January 31 - February 2 and February 7-9, 2019
Givelber Distinguished Public Interest Lecturer Program
Purvi Shah, Founder and Executive Director, Movement Law Lab

February 4-6, 2019
Daynard Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program 
Winter 2019 Daynard Visiting Fellow: Dimple Abichandandi ’02, Executive Director, General Service Foundation

Monday, February 4, 2019, noon
Community Lecture
Shifting the Story: Narrative Change in the Time of Trump

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, noon
Roundtable Discussion
Just Narratives: When Law and Storytelling Intersect


January 23, 2019
Masterclass on Environmental Justice Law With PHRGE Distinguished Scholar Alfred Brownell
Learn how Alfred Brownell, in collaboration with his indigenous clients in West Africa, successfully used a non-judicial complaint mechanism to save millions of hectares of tropical forest from destruction by a multinational corporation. A light reception will follow the presentation.

January 25, 2019
Tribute to the Dream: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Join the Northeastern community in paying homage to homage to the life and values of Dr. King through the power of film, music and conversation. This event will feature the premier of Murder in Mobile, a short documentary about the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic and one family's untold story of race and justice. The screening will be followed by a dialogue with Margaret Burnham, University Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, and Roderick L. Ireland, Distinguished Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Featuring music by Danielle Ponder '11.

December 14, 2018
Finding the Nexus: Linking Systems for Domestic Violence Survivors
This one-day conference will explored the many barriers domestic violence survivors face, as well as potential solutions to bridging the gaps and linking the systems. 

October 3, 2018
Screening and Filmmaker Discussion Featuring David Heilbroner '84
Join NUSL's Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC) and the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) for a special screening of Traffic Stop, an Oscar-nominated short film produced by David Heilbroner '84.

November 2, 2018
Northeastern University Law Review Symposium
Rethinking Borders: Climate Change, Migration and Human Rights

November 7, 2018
Annual Health Law Lecture
Brigitte Amiri ´99, Deputy Director, Reproductive Freedom Project, American Civil Liberties Union

September 24 - 26, 2018 
Daynard Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program 
Fall 2018 Daynard Visiting Fellow: Prerna Lal, Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor, Immigration Practice, East Bay Community Law Center

September 20-22 and September 27-20, 2018
Givelber Distinguished Public Interest Lecturer Program
Leah Aden, Senior Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund

August 9, 2018
PHRGE Forum: Challenges of Human Rights and Law in Sudan
Abdelrahman Al Gasim in conversation with Eric Reeves
Abdelrahman Al Gasim, a Sudanese lawyer who just received the 2018 ABA International Human Rights Award for his courageous and effective work, will discuss his strategies for increasing access to justice for victims of human rights violations in Sudan.

September 7, 2018
Volunteers for Justice Fair
The Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration invites all students to find out more about pro bono work with a variety of organizations. 

July 30, 2018
Workers' Rights Post-Janus
The Supreme Court’s recent Janus decision overturned decades of labor law precedent with far-reaching consequences for millions of workers. Join us for a dinner discussion with Professor Karl Klare to break down what Janus means and to explore legal and organizing responses to the decision.

June 20, 2018
World Refugee Day
Come learn about the US Resettlement Process and walk in the shoes of a refugee. 

June 1, 2018 | 6:30 PM 
Book Launch: Gay Priori
Join CPIAC at Porter Square Books for the launch of Professor Libby Adler's new book, Gay Priori: A Queer Critical Legal Studies Approach to Law Reform (Duke University Press, 2018). 

April 24, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM 
PHRGE Colloquium: Maria Green, PHRGE Affiliated Scholar

April 27, 2018 | 3:00 PM | 230 Dockser
Valerie Gordon Book Award
Hakeem M. Muhammad '20 is the winner of the 2018 Valerie Gordon essay contest. His winning essay is entitled, “Angela Davis: A South African Moment for Palestine.” 

April 18, 2018
NUSL Volunteers for Justice/Pro Bono Fair
The Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration invites all students to find out more about pro bono work with a variety of organizations. This event is co-sponsored by the student group How to Get it Done (HTGID).
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April 13, 2018
Annual Health Law Conference
Diseases of Despair: The Role of Policy and Law

March 15-17 and March 22-24, 2018
Givelber Distinguished Public Interest Lecturer Program
Spring Lecturer: Joey Mogul, Director, Civil Rights Clinic, DePaul University College of Law
Striving to Secure Systemic Justice, Redress and Reparations for Mass Criminalization and Incarceration

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

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

November 2-4, 2017

International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP) Annual Conference
iSERP, a global consortium of judges, lawyers, human rights advocates and legal academics who critically examine the effectiveness of social and economic rights law in promoting real change in peoples lives, came together in November 2017 at Universidad EAFIT, in Medellín, Colombia, for a discussion of the trajectory of Latin American social constitutionalism, particularly on the question of land rights and indigenous peoples. iSERP is a project of the law school’s Program on Human Rights in the Global Economy (PHRGE) and Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC).
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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