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School of Law to host conference on social justice and legal representation

The UGA School of Law will host the 10th annual Working in the Public Interest Conference Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall. Registration is required at

The conference will highlight practical and creative ways to address social injustice and ensure the protection of human rights through the law. Key issues to be explored include Georgia’s response to human trafficking, current issues and pro bono opportunities in immigration law, the disproportionate costs and consequences of civil penalties and routine criminal procedures for nonmajor offenses, and how to facilitate dispute resolution and mediation between communities and the police who serve them.

Jonathan Rapping, president and founder of Gideon’s Promise and director of the honors program in criminal justice at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, will present the keynote address at 3:40 p.m. A 2014 McArthur Foundation “genius grant” recipient and an expert in criminal law and criminal procedure, Rapping also lectures at Harvard University where he helps run its Trial Advocacy Workshop. He was named a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow by Harvard Law’s Office of Public Interest in 2009.

The conference is open free for members of the UGA community. For attorneys, five continuing legal education credits (three ethics and two professional) are available at a total cost of $100. The fee for all other registrants is $12. Lunch will be provided.