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Redeeming Legal Scholarship

Thursday, February 9, 2023

10:30 AM-2:30 PM

About this event

3.5 CLE Credits: 2 substantive credits; 1.5 ethics credits
Cost: Free

Building from the foundation of Redeeming Justice, a law review article co-authored with two men who were sentenced to life without parole and a human rights expert, this two-part workshop will further develop the theory and practice of what we’re calling “participatory law scholarship”— which is legal scholarship co-authored with those with no formal legal training, but expertise in law's injustice through lived experience. Taking inspiration from the tradition of Critical Race Studies and an emerging body of movement law scholarship, participatory law scholarship aims to press the boundaries of what legal scholarship traditionally looks like by evoking lived experience as evidence and developing legal meaning alongside social movements.

Part II of the workshop at Drexel Kline Law will explore the practice and ethical considerations of co-authoring participatory law scholarship as well as how this scholarship can contribute to social justice initiatives on the ground.

The workshop is organized by the Drexel Law Review and the Northwestern University Law Review, and co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Policy, and Social Action and the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement.


Part II Workshop Schedule

  • Registration and Welcome: 10 to 10:30 a.m.
  • The Practice of Participatory Law Scholarship (Morning Panel): 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Redeeming Legal Scholarship (Lunchtime Presentation): 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
  • Participatory Law Scholarship in Action (Afternoon Panel): 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.


  • Aundray Archer
  • Prof. Seema Saifee
  • Nicole Shawan Junior
  • Prof. Jocelyn Simonson
  • Kempis Songster
  • Prof. Brandon Hasbrouck (moderator)


  • Terrell “Rell” Carter
  • Prof. Rachel López
  • Kempis “Ghani” Songster


  • Jose Saldaña
  • Astha Sharma Pokharel
  • Robert Saleem Holbrook
  • Prof. Wendy Greene (moderator)

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Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy 1200 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19107


  • Everyone