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Protest Lawyering: Theory and Practice --On-line registration Closed; At Door Registration Still Available

Friday, February 22, 2013, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration for this course is now closed.

Intended Audience:

Non-Profit/Public Sector register as 'law office staff'. A business card/gov't ID required at door to confirm status.

At DOOR or Thurs. registrants CANNOT be guaranteed a hard copy of the materials. Download them here

Location: 2nd floor auditorium

Course ID: C01252012

Number of Sessions: 1

Credits: 8 NJ MCLE Credits: 3 Ethics
8 NY MCLE Credits: 3 Ethics; 2 Skills; 3 PP; Transitional and Non-transitional

Course Description:

In the wake of the Arab Spring and American Autumn protests of 2011, public protest actions are becoming increasingly common, and attorneys are increasingly being sought out by individuals and organizations to assist in these protest actions, whether in securing permitting, observing police interactions, or defending arrested protesters.

Join a panel of seasoned practitioners in exploring the relevant laws and practices that mediate and define first amendment protected protest activities, and to learn the tricks of the trade that enable attorneys to preserve and protect protesters' rights. 

Some of the topics to be discussed include:

  • Right to engage in peaceful protest activity (demonstration/rallies/march)
  • Right to distribute material/press conferences/Amplification
  • Right protest and reasonable limitation; permitting
  • Applicable Federal, State and Municipal Statutes, Codes and Regulations
  • Ethical considerations
  • Common protest charges
  • From Bail to Jail: Practical tips for defending protesters
  • Utilizing common evidentiary resources   
  • Legal observer and protest lawyer models      

 A networking cocktail reception will immediately follow the program


Program Co-sponsor: NYCLA’s Civil Rights & Liberties Committee

Program Co-Chairs: Louis Crespo, Special Referee, Sup. Ct., NY County and Samuel B. Cohen, Stecklow Cohen & Thompson

Faculty: Samuel Cohen, Stecklow Cohen & Thompson; Alan Levine, LatinoJustice PRLDEF; Meghan Maurus, New York Law Collective; David Rankin, Rankin & Taylor; Paula Segal,; Norman Siegel, Siegel Teitelbaum & Evans LLP; Michael L. Spiegel, Esq.; Wylie Stecklow, Stecklow Cohen & Thompson;



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