CRRJ Attorney Presents at Southern Clinical Conference 2023

On October 21, CRRJ attorney and Zitrin Fellow, Olivia Strange presented at this year’s Southern Clinical Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Hosted by Georgia State University College of Law, the conference ran October 20-22 and was titled Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble: Opportunities and Challenges for Clinics and Externships in the South. Organizers brought together clinical faculty from across the country to explore the diverse ways clinical faculty can create “good trouble.”

Strange presented with D’lorah Hughes, of the University of Kentucky’s College of Law, and Ada Goodly Lampkin, of the Southern University Law Center. Together, they delivered a discussion titled Creating a Clinic Based on Historical Violence: The Implications of Place. They explored how historical clinical pedagogy can be used to tackle the ongoing harm of unaddressed historical violence, emphasizing that historical justice calls for creative approaches to redress that often transcend our legal systems. They hoped to encourage others who are interested in exploring a clinical model anchored in civil rights history, legal history, and redress.

“The conference was an incredible opportunity to learn from experienced clinicians in the South, to share CRRJ’s story and clinical model with them, and to talk about how that model could be relevant to their own work.” said Strange. “It was energizing to connect with other clinical practitioners, especially those who are interested in understanding and broadening their own clinical scopes into the historical justice space.”

Olivia Strange and D'lorah Hughes presented at the Southern Clinical Conference in Atlanta, October 20-22.
Olivia Strange and D'lorah Hughes presented at the Southern Clinical Conference in Atlanta, October 20-22.

Hughes, Goodly Lampkin and Strange also examined the ways in which clinical programs can be guided by community members and institutions most impacted by a history of racial violence. 

“We certainly understand the value of having representation in dealing with these cases and the families’ intergenerational trauma, so academic pipelines are a critical bridge to address these disparities and open doors that might otherwise remain closed,” said Goodly Lampkin, following their presentation. “The conference offered a unique opportunity to discuss how these pipelines can take shape to address barriers and disparities by students and the communities they work in.”

After fifteen years of investigating cases in the Deep South, CRRJ has begun looking to the states that border it—states such as Kentucky, Missouri, Washington D.C., Oklahoma, and others—in order to expand through ongoing collaborations deeply rooted in sense of place. Our earliest partnership with Southern University Law Center’s Louis A. Berry Institute for Civil Rights and Justice, led by Goodly Lampkin, exemplifies that the model generated by CRRJ would not function without partners who are best positioned to network with impacted communities and pursue historical case investigations in their jurisdictions. CRRJ hope to accomplish as much through our nascent partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Law’s Legal Clinic, led by Director of Legal Clinics and Externships D’lorah Hughes.

Other speakers addressed the challenges of social, political, or cultural issues in the south and beyond, and the conference provided opportunities for networking and collaboration between experiential educators.

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