#Law4thePeople Convention

Join hundreds of legal professionals, scholars and activists for five days of interactive CLEs, workshops, and panels by members of the oldest and most progressive public-interest bar association in the country!

NOTE: Online registration is now closed. However, you may register on-site at the convention.


Most convention programming (workshops, panels, CLEs, meetings) will take place at:

Vanderbilt Hall at NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Note: This is NOT the same location as the NYU dorms at Founders Hall (120 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003). See here for more info on NYU dorms, other convention locations and event venues, and tips on getting around NYC.

See the EVENT BROCHURE to learn about special events, the tentative schedule, a message from NLG-NYC and NYU, and much more in store for the NLG's #Law4thePeople 2016!

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At every NLG #Law4thePeople Convention, we honor members and friends of the Guild whose exemplary work and activism capture the spirit of "law for the people."

Please join us in celebrating this year's distinguished awardees! 

Our keynote speaker will be the inimitable Elle Hearns!

Elle Hearns is a revolutionary organizer, freedom fighter and strategy expert. Elle has spent a lifetime being committed to making sure that marginalized voices are centered and reflected in today’s society. Elle is a highly noted public speaker, facilitator, trainer and writer. Elle spearheaded campaigns such as Trans Liberation Tuesday, More Than Marriage, and a digital campaign, Raise the Debate, and also served as a lead organizer of The Movement for Black Lives. Elle currently is the organizing coordinator for the #BlackLivesMatter network, and previously served as the GetEQUAL Central Region Coordinator and TWOCC (Trans Women of Color Collective) Creative Director. Elle’s writings have been featured in Truthout, Huffington Post, and Ebony. Elle hails from Columbus, OH and currently lives in the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C.

NOTE: Co-sponsored by the NYU School of Law Public Interest Law Center, the event will be held at NYU School of Law. Current NYU Law students and 2016 graduates will receive free convention registration.

NLG #Law4thePeople 2016 is co-sponsored by the Public Interest Law Center at NYU Law and the National Lawyers Guild Foundation