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Big Law and Social Justice...Really? The Promise and Limits of Pro Bono

Monday, October 23, 2017,

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  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Hyatt Room

event posterPlease join the George Barrett Social Justice Program and the Office of Public Interest for the second installment of the Social Justice and the Legal Profession lunchtime series.

The second part of the series will feature Akin Gump Pro Bono Partner Steven Schulman, head of the firm’s worldwide pro bono practice. He will speak on the promise and limitations of pro bono as a means of overcoming the access to justice gap and advancing social justice.

Steven Schulman maintains a substantive practice in many areas of public interest law, including human rights, immigration, assistance to military personnel and poverty law matters. He has handled dozens of asylum and other immigration cases, with a particular emphasis on complex matters, such as those involving the application of terrorism-related grounds of inadmissibility. He joined Akin Gump in 2006 as its first full-time pro bono partner. Under his leadership, the firm has built strong relationships with local and national legal services organizations and has developed experience in several areas of pro bono practice, such as representing charter schools, working with refugees and victims of human rights abuses, and providing legal counsel to military personnel and their families.

The Social Justice and the Legal Profession series will expose students to a diverse range of career paths that allow attorneys to put into practice their social justice and public service values. It will also explore the special responsibility all attorneys have for the quality of our justice system.

This event is free and open to the public; lunch will be served.

Visitors should park in the Terrace Place Garage, spaces 41-92, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Terrace Place, or the Wesley Place Garage, spaces 52-170, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Scarritt Place.  Parking costs range from $4.00 to $12.00 at these garages.  Both are within walking distance of the law school.