Racial Justice Series: Serving Clients in Crisis
The effects of structural and institutional racism are pervasive in the lives of many low-income people of color and often manifest in the legal challenges they face. Working to understand the ways in which systemic racism shapes our clients’ lives is critical to providing responsive and comprehensive legal services.
Our next installment of the Racial Justice Series is designed to give perspective on how a person’s race and lived experience affect their legal case. We will explore ways in which attorneys and advocates can better assist their clients of color by understanding the full context in which their legal matter arises, approaching cases with cultural humility, and recognizing and working to overcome the power differential inherent in legal representation.
Our esteemed panel includes:
- June Crenshaw, Executive Director of the Wanda Alston Foundation and member of the Diversity Committee for the DC Victim Assistance Network
- Aida Fitzgerald, Senior Staff Attorney in the Public Benefits Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
- Ted Howard, Pro Bono Partner at Wiley Rein
The conversation will be moderated by Dawn Williams, Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.
Law Students: Contact your law school’s Career Development Office to find out if your school subscribes to the PIJC and to get the registration code.
Thank you to the Inter-American Bar Association, Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (“GWAC”), and the Washington Bar Association for co-sponsoring this program.