Welcome to RebLaw 2020

Welcome to the Rebellious Lawyering Conference!

RebLaw is the largest student-run public interest conference in the United States. The 2020 conference will be held on Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15 at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut.

Thank you for taking part in RebLaw 2020! Registration is now closed. You can still register for the conference in-person at Yale Law School on February 14 (1-6 PM) or 15 (9-2 PM). Please do not email to register late.


Judge Reeves

Carlton W. Reeves is a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, appointed in 2010 by President Obama. Previously, Judge Reeves worked in private practice at his own firm, Pigott Reeves Johnson, in Jackson, Mississippi, and was Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Civil Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi from 1995 to 2001. A graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, Judge Reeves clerked for Justice Reuben Anderson of the Supreme Court of Mississippi.

Kerry Ellington

Kerry Ellington is a freedom fighter, grassroots community organizer and radical educator. Kerry currently serves as a Community & Economic Development (CED) Community Organizer at New Haven Legal Assistance Association and has held positions at non-profit organizations including Teach Our Children, Youth Rights Media, Common Ground High School, Congregations Organized for New Connecticut, and New Haven Public Schools.

Panel topics include:
  • Probation and Parole Reform in the Fight Against Mass Incarceration
  • Youth Dissenters and Activists on the Rights and Realities of the Next Generation
  • “Plenary Power”–Perspectives from Indian Law, Territories, and Immigration
  • The Collective Action Problem in Environmental Justice: Refocusing on Corporate Unaccountability and Collectivism
  • Healthcare Reform and Increasing Access for Marginalized Communities
  • Decarceration, Abolition, and Liberation: We Don’t Need Police in Reproductive Justice!
  • Black, Palestinian, and Indigenous Movement Lawyering
  • Systemic Violence, Forced Labor, and Rights Abuses in Animal Agriculture
  • Ending Solitary Confinement in America
  • Crimmigration
and many more!

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About RebLaw

Every year the conference brings together practitioners, law students, and community activists from around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change. The conference, grounded in the spirit of Gerald Lopez’s Rebellious Lawyering, seeks to build a community of law students, practitioners, and activists seeking to work in the service of social change movements and to challenge hierarchies of race, wealth, gender, and expertise within legal practice and education.

Yale Law School is wheelchair accessible. ASL Interpretation will be provided for select panels, and for others if requested with reasonable advance notice. Please note any access needs or other accommodation requests when you register.

Address to RebLaw 25 from Mumia Abu-Jamal