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Public Interest Week 

Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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In celebration of Public Interest Week, the School of Law hosted Claudio Grossman, Dean, Professor of Law, and Raymond Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law on October 25. Grossman's lecture, titled "The Future of the Inter-American System of Protection of Human Rights," shared insights into human rights and the Inter-American system based on his research and expertise. He pointed out that “the system is far from perfect. It is under-resourced. Cases take too long. Others have instances of non-compliance, but its strength and legitimacy is the result of the assistance of the men and women of this hemisphere who want to live in a better world.”

Public Interest Law Week continues on October 26 with Giovanna Shay, Associate Professor of Law at Western New England University. Shay will discuss "Advancing Prison Reform Outside the Litigation Framework" in Room 3 of the Blake Law Center starting at 12:00 noon. The lecture will focus on her pro bono work in the area of prisoners' rights. She will also talk about law reform efforts with the American Bar Association and how that work differs from other kinds of public interest activities, such as litigation.

The final event for Public Interest Week will take place on October 27 at 12:00 noon in the Blake Law Center, Room B as Career Services hosts a talk on summer internships in Public Interest Law. The event will focus on gaining experience with protecting LGBTQ and environmental rights. At the event, Steve Dzubak 3L and Erika Scibelle 3L will share their summer internship experiences.

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