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Claiming Our Role as Human Rights Lawyers

A Webinar Panel Discussion

By Martha F. Davis, Chandra Bhatnagar, Monique Harden, Cheryl Hystad & Sarah H. Paoletti

In a webinar panel discussion held in June 2011, attorneys from a broad array of organizations discussed how they use a human rights framework in representing clients and offered examples of the framework’s impact. Panelists from a Legal Services Corporation-funded program (Maryland Legal Aid), an environmental justice organization in rural Louisiana (Advocates for Environmental Human Rights), a law school clinic emphasizing workers’ human rights (University of Pennsylvania School of Law’s Transnational Legal Clinic), and a national advocacy organization (American Civil Liberties Union Human Rights Program) all find that human rights arguments, crafted carefully and used in appropriate cases, bolster their advocacy.

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