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Practicing Public Interest Law in the South

The George Barrett Social Justice Program will host its biennial Practicing Public Interest Law in the South (PPILS) Conference at the Vanderbilt Law School on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20. Registration for the conference is $25 + processing fee for non-Vanderbilt attendees. Registration for current Vanderbilt students is free.

The PPILS Conference is designed to bring together lawyers pursuing innovative litigation strategies addressing prevalent social justice issues in the South with legal academics writing on related topics, with the hope that each group’s work will inform the other’s and lasting collaborations may be formed.

The conference will focus on three themes:

(1) new movements for bail reform;

(2) access to justice for immigrants in detention; and

(3) economic justice and barriers to entrepreneurship and wealth creation in underserved communities.

The conference will kickoff with a dinner and Keynote Conversation on Friday, October 19. The discussion will continue on Saturday, October 20 with sessions starting at 9am and ending at 5:15pm. Dinner will be provided to registered conference attendees on Friday and breakfast & lunch will be provided to conference attendees on Saturday. Speakers include:


Friday, October 19 - Law School North Lobby, 6:00 p.m.

Keynote Conversation: The Promise and Peril of Reform Prosecutors

Saturday, October 20 - Law School Renaissance Room

New Movements for Bail Reform (Sara Mayeux, moderator), 9:00 a.m.

Economic Justice and Barriers to Entrepreneurship and Wealth Creation in Underserved Communities (Lauren Rogal, moderator), 10:45 a.m.

Lunch, 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Access to Justice for Immigration Detainees (Karla McKanders, moderator), 1:30 p.m.


Registration ends October 10.

Vanderbilt Student Registration

Non-Vanderbilt Registration

Questions? Contact : Erin Parr-Carranza