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Movement Lawyering Clinic

In the Movement Lawyering Clinic, law students provide legal support for social justice groups including women's liberation, Black liberation, immigrants' and LGBTQ rights, and more.

About the Clinic

Social justice movements abound across the United States organizations. Those struggling for women’s liberation, Black liberation, immigrants’ and LGBTQ rights, and more. In the Movement Lawyering Clinic, law students provide legal support for movements, organizations, and organizers.

The clinic allows students to engage in the movement lawyering — following the leadership of folks organizing both within and from directly impacted communities. The course has both a classroom component and a community component. Clinic participants will gain firsthand experience, knowledge, and skills in how to work with organizers to use the law to support and defend justice movements. Student work may deal with the First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Section 1983 issues and claims, state and federal criminal law, issues of bail and bail reform, Indigenous rights, and national security issues.

Students will work with lawyers, community organizations, and activists to understand the strategies and tactics of movement legal work. They will follow the lead of movement participants and community members to build power and assist in creating lasting change.

Student Experience

Clinic Faculty

Carlton Williams
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
(607) 255-6339
Cornell Law School
139 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

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