Every year, in the spirit of International Women’s Week, law students, lawyers and legal professionals come together to take part in various workshops, panel discussions and activities on feminism and legal system. This year, we expanded our reach and welcomed social workers, paralegals, court workers and other people involved in the justice system.
This year’s theme was grassroots movements.
justice anne derrick
[ keynote speaker ]
Justice Anne Derrick started with a simple thought: the struggle for justice is not light work, it takes many hands.
Through stories of courtroom protest, law reform, litigation, advocacy, and public education, justice Derrick brought to light the importance of collaboration between professional and grassroots communities. She urged lawyers and non-lawyers, public interest advocates, professional and citizen journalists, community activists, and community members to work together for a single goal. She gave examples from pro-choice litigation and advocacy to grassroots work in drug policy. She advised that lawyers must be willing to listen and to forge alliances with community members and activists and First Voices (people with lived experience) to achieve justice. She left us with powerful words: “the vindication of rights and the pursuit of justice require courage and resolve from all involved.”
artistic expression: el jones
spoken word poet, educator, journalist, and community activist, El Jones opened the forum by sharing with us her words and courage through her spoken word art. through the voices of formerly incarcerated women, she shared with us the stories of these strong women and the injustices that prevail in our criminal justice system.