Saturday, September 21 | 11:30am – 5:00pm

UC Hastings | 198 McAllister Street, San Francisco
2nd Floor, Room G


Progressive Law Day is a free day-long conference, organized and led by law student members of the National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and open to legal workers, lawyers, activists, and anyone interested in learning about radical lawyering and legal work. Lunch included, Mentorship Happy Hour to Follow.

RSVPs are greatly appreciated! Please do so here

Tentative Schedule:

11:30am – Registration


12-1:30pm – Criminal Justice Reform from the Inside: Is it Possible?

This panel discussion will discuss inside strategies for reducing criminalization and imprisonment alongside movement organizations. Panelists will include public defenders, movement activists, and a candidate for San Francisco District Attorney. The panel will begin by asking a difficult question: Is criminal justice reform from the inside possible? From there, panelists will explore the opportunities and limitations posed by inside reform in a movement towards abolition.

Giovanni Macias, Deputy Public Defender, Contra Costa County Public Defender

Chesa Boudin, SF Public Defender, San Francisco County Public Defender

Ava Agree, UC Hastings Law NLG Student Chapter


1:45-3:15pm – Emerging Threats and Changes in Immigration Law

Since 2016 there has been an onslaught of federal and presidential directives targeting immigrants including: the multiple iterations of the Muslim Ban, the upcoming policy around Public Charge, and sweeping ICE raids and their disproportionate impacts on rural communities. Panelists will discuss impacts and ways to more effectively organize our communities to combat these threats.

Nakia Woods, Bay Area Organizer, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Gaby Lopez, Immigration and Criminal Defense Attorney, The Community Law Office

Adriana Melgoza, Clinic Manager, Watsonville Law Center

Jared Renteria, Santa Clara Law NLG Student Chapter


3:30 – 5:00pm – Movement Lawyering in Practice

NLG lawyers and legal workers have always played an important role in supporting movements for social justice. Movement lawyering, however, can be complicated and difficult to navigate. Through real stories of working on cases and campaigns, and reflections on the challenges and opportunities that arose, current practitioners will share how students can develop the skills and training necessary to become the next generation of movement lawyers and legal workers.

Nathan Sheard, Grassroots Advocacy Organizer, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Leila Sayed-Taha, Immigration Attorney, Arab Resource Organizing Center
Osha Neumann, Staff Attorney and Clinical Supervisor, East Bay Community Law Center
James Burch, Policy and Advocacy Officer, St. James Infirmary


Ari Chivukula, UC Berkeley NLG Student Chapter


5:30 – 6:30pm – Mentorship Happy Hour

Emporer Norton’s Boozeland | 510 Larkin St, San Francisco
Law students and dues paying members get a free drink. Light snacks provided.
Location is about a 5 minute walk from Civic Center BART Station. Parking garage located on the corner of Larkin Street & Golden Gate Avenue. Find more transportation details here
There are steps leading up to some of the doors of Snodgrass Hall. The elevator outside is located on the corner of Hyde Street & McAllister Street. There are internal elevators right inside the lobby. For more clarity, view an access map here 
The room that the event will be held in is a lecture hall. The first row is ground level. Please email if you need a ground level seat available and for any other access questions.