Public Interest Mobilization and Access to Justice Movements in the New Democratic State

Wisconsin Law Review Symposium, October 27, 2017


The one-day Symposium, entitled Public Interest Mobilization and Access to Justice Movements in the New Democratic State, will explore the role of public interest law organizations in ensuring a strong democracy and civil society, examine cutting-edge empirical research in the access to justice field, and foster discussion and collaboration amongst academics, advocates, and public interest leaders. 


The Symposium will be a public event and consist of three panel presentations and a roundtable discussion over lunch. The Law Review will host a welcome reception for panelists and other invited guests on the evening of Thursday, October 26th. The Symposium will conclude around 4:00pm.

Law Review Symposium Agenda

8:30 - 9:00Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15Welcome and Opening Remarks

a) Professor Tonya Brito, Organizer and Program Chair

b) Dean Margaret Raymond

c) Wisconsin Law Review Symposium Editors, Michael Annerino and Ena Kovacevic

9:15 - 10:45Panel 1: Nationwide Lawyer Mobilization for Refugee and Immigrant Justice

a) Anil Kalhan, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

b) Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, CAIR-CA

c) Pratheepan (Deep) Gulasekaram, Santa Clara University School of Law

d) Michael Kagan, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

Moderator: Alexandra Huneeus, University of Wisconsin Law School

10:45 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 12:30                                                                                   Panel 2: Public Interest Law Organizations, Social Movements, and the Democratic State

a) Catherine Albiston, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

b) Scott Cummings, UCLA School of Law

c) Gwyn Leachman, University of Wisconsin Law School

d) Kathryn Sabbeth, University of North Carolina School of Law

Moderator: Myra Marx Ferree, , Sociology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
12:30 - 12:45Break

12:45 - 2:15Lunch Roundtable

a) Jennifer Tsai, Senior Access to Justice Advisor, Rule of Law Initiative, American Bar Association

b) Elizabeth Chambliss, University of South Carolina School of Law and Director, NMRC Center on Professionalism

c) John Pollock, Executive Director, National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel

d) David Udell, Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice, Fordham Law School

Moderator: Marsha Mansfield, University of Wisconsin Law School

2:15 - 2:30Break

2:30 - 4:00Panel 3: Empirical Study of Access to Justice

a) Tonya Brito, University of Wisconsin Law School

b) Anna Carpenter, University of Tulsa College of Law and Alyx Mark, North Central College, Department of Political Science (non-presenting co-authors: Colleen Shanahan, Temple University Beasley School of Law and Director, Justice Lab at the Sheller Center for Social Justice, and Jessica Steinberg, George Washington University Law School)

c) Rebecca Sandefur, University of Illinois College of Law

d) Colleen Shanahan, Temple University Beasley School of Law and Director, Justice Lab at the Sheller Center for Social Justice

Moderator: Susannah Tahk, University of Wisconsin Law School

Participants' Bios and Abstracts

Participants' bios and abstracts will be posted soon.

Deadlines and Paper Submission Instructions

Please submit the your presentation title, a short bio, and an abstract of your paper (or description of your presentation) by Monday, September 25.
Draft papers are due by Monday, October 16
Submit all materials to Michelle Preston (

Access to Papers

Papers are available here.

CLE Credit

CLE Credit for Wisconsin Attorneys is pending.


Registration is free. Prior registration is encouraged to facilitate planning although we welcome walk-ins. Please use the link below to register by October 1, 2017.
Click here to register for the Symposium


We have reserved a block of hotel rooms for speakers and panelists at the Lowell Center and The Graduate hotels. Both are within walking distance of the Law School and are about a 15-20 minute cab ride to the airport.

Campus Map

A campus map can be found here for your reference.


Questions about the Program: Please contact Professor Tonya Brito (Program Chair)
Questions about Logistics or Information on this Page: Please contact Michelle Preston (Event Coordinator)
Questions about the Symposium Issue: Please contact Wisconsin Law Review Symposium Editors Michael Annerino and Ena Kovacevic


University of Wisconsin Law School, Wisconsin Law Review, Institute for Legal Studies and other sponsors pending

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