Shaking the Foundations: West Coast Progressive Lawyering 2014

Starting Date: 10-17-2014
Ending Date: 10-18-2014

Stanford Law School
Stanford, California 94305
United States
Shaking the Foundations is a conference that brings together progressive legal minds from the West Coast and across the country to discuss present and future issues within the movement, explore the role of young lawyers, and encourage attendees to work toward social and environmental justice. The goal of Shaking the Foundations is to connect, inspire, and educate those who want to pursue public interest goals and careers. Join us for our fifteenth annual conference, which promises to be the biggest and best yet.

Networking Opportunities

Shaking the Foundations is more than just panels and workshops, there are two networking programs built into the conference schedule that will connect and practitioners. Friday evening features a cocktail hour, where students can mingle and meet with practitioners while enjoying drinks and appetizers. During the event students will also have the opportunity to sit down with professionals for one-on-one mentoring sessions lasting 15 - 20 minutes. The following day, we will be hosting an organization fair from 12:15 pm - 2 pm where students will have a chance to learn more different organizations and practice areas.

Once you register, keep an eye out for a sign-up for the one-on-one mentoring!

Bay Area Students

Shakings is a forum for connecting and building the social justice movement across schools. We hope you'll join us in making this a successful and inspiring event! Housing may be available, check back here to stay updated.

If you are interested in reaching out to other students at your school please contact Kiel Ireland at


We need you! Both of the networking events described above offer great opportunities to meet students who are interested in pursuing public interest law. Just a little of your time provides students with invaluable insight that is vital to providing an informed view of life after law school. Such a view will help students stay the course as they navigate careers dedicated to social justice and public interest. We will have more information later in the summer so check back often! (Note: We will waive the registration fee for the conference if you agree to participate in either of the networking events).

2014 Keynote Speaker: Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. In recent years, she has taught at a number of universities, including Stanford Law School, where she was an associate professor of law and directed the Civil Rights Clinics. In 2005, she won a Soros Justice Fellowship, which supported the writing of The New Jim Crow, and that same year she accepted a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. The New Jim Crow has received rave reviews, become a New York Times bestseller, and has been featured in national radio and television media outlets, including NPR, The Bill Moyers Journal, the Tavis Smiley Show, MSNBC, C-Span Washington Journal, among others. The book won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for best non-fiction.

Prior to entering academia, Alexander served as the Director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California, where she coordinated the Project’s media advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition-building, and litigation. The Project’s priority areas were educational equity and criminal justice reform, and it was during those years that she launched a major campaign against racial profiling by law enforcement, known as the “DWB Campaign” or “Driving While Black or Brown Campaign.”
In addition to her non-profit advocacy experience, Alexander has worked as a litigator at private law firms, including at Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak & Baller, in Oakland, California, where she specialized in plaintiff-side class action lawsuits alleging race and gender discrimination.

Alexander is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Vanderbilt University. Following law school, she clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the United States Supreme Court, and for Chief Judge Abner Mikva on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She currently devotes her time to freelance writing, consulting with advocacy organizations committed to building racial justice movements, and, most importantly, raising her three young children -- the most challenging and rewarding job of all.
Geographical Scope: Regional

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