Our 4th Annual Leadership Course has come to a close, and I would like to share some takeaways and resources with everyone here on the network, so that those who were not able to attend may also benefit.
Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts or any questions you may have!
@leadership_course_2018_participants please reply below and share your experiences with the rest of the network!
Below, you can find presentations for sessions during the course as well as summaries posted by your fellow network members!
Faculty Marlon Manuel @marlonmanuel
This introductory session explores what we mean by legal empowerment. It addresses basic concepts, history, and philosophy. The session offers a vocabulary and a set of questions that we will return to throughout the course.
Introduction to Legal Empowerment (168.4 KB)
- An essay by @vivekmaru in Foreign Policy, proposing four principles for overcoming the challenge of delivering legal empowerment at scale.
Faculty Meena Jagannath @MeenaJagannath
This session explores how legal empowerment groups have combined strategic litigation and legal services with community organizing, and how paralegals and legal empowerment practitioners constitute an essential part of social movements.
A chapter titled, A Volatile Alliance- The Marriage of Lawyers and Demonstrators, 1961-1964 from the book Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement, by Tomiko Brown-Nagin.
The online article, "Purvi & Chuck: Community Lawyering" which focuses on relationship between lawyering and social justice.
See in particular pages 34-44 from Power with: Practice Models for Social Justice Lawyering by Penn Law: Legal Scholarship Repository (2011).
Faculty Marlon Manuel @marlonmanuel
This Case Study shows how the movement of community-based paralegals have adapted and innovated over the decades, to bring about large scale change in the Philippines.
- Community-Based Paralegalism in the Philippines: From Social Movements to Democratization By Jennifer Franco, Hector Soliman, Maria Roda Cisnero
Case Study 1 PHILIPPINES 2018 (1.1 MB)
Session 3: Designing A Strategic Legal Empowerment Program
Faculty Kim McQuay @kimmcquay
This session looks into the key steps and important aspects to consider in developing legal empowerment programs or in refining existing programs.
Debra Ladner and Kim McQuay, Good Practices Guide for Incorporating Legal Empowerment into Operations. Asian Development Bank and The Asia Foundation (2009)—See in particular main text pages 1-20, Appendix 1 (pages 35-44), and Appendix 2 (pages 45-49): Good Practices Guide for Incorporating Legal Empowerment into Operations
Pages 75 - 86 from Debra Ladner and Kim McQuay, “The Legal Empowerment for Disadvantaged Groups Program: Innovations in Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation” in Justice Initiatives (Autumn 2013), Open Society Justice Initiative.
Additional resources from @kimmcquay:
These Case Studies follow how women-led and indigenous peoples’ movement of grassroots advocates, lawyers, and activists have collected, visualized and analyzed data for advocacy.
SMS for Justice: Women Demand Access to Vital Services in Delhi - To address gaps in the delivery of basic services related to women’s health, adequate housing, food and nutrition, and water and sanitation across slums in Delhi, Nazdeek and ICAAD have developed and implemented a project that combines legal education and community-reporting through technology.
Bringing justice close: an experiment in accessing justice with technology - Legal empowerment enables poor and marginalized communities to be partners in development and decision-making. New technological tools are one type of innovation that helps legal empowerment groups reach difficult spaces. Nazdeek—a grassroots rights organization focusing on access to justice in India—has been working with tea plantation workers in Assam and slum dwellers in Delhi since 2012, with the mission to address systemic issues through community led policy and legal advocacy. This article discusses how new technologies make it possible for women in India to speak out against systemic problems.
Wapichan Set up Ground-Breaking System to Defend Human Rights and Monitor Ancestral Lands - Amidst increasing concerns about threats to their forests, wetlands and way of life, the Wapichan People of Guyana (South America) have set up their own ground-breaking system to defend their human rights and monitor their ancestral lands against harmful development. Community information has been collected using a grassroots land use monitoring arrangement that involves community monitoring teams, the use of smartphone technology, drones, and community digital maps – all controlled and managed directly by the villages. Today, the Wapichan People are launching a locally owned and managed website to present their monitoring information on the internet.
Wapichan Environmental Monitoring Report This report presents an overview of the South Rupununi District Council (SRDC) Monitoring Programme and provides a case study of one particular site that the Monitoring Programme has been targeting – Marudi Mountain. The report begins with background information regarding the Monitoring Programme and how it operates. It continues by providing a summary of the data that the monitors have collected to date, before continuing into a detailed discussion of the findings from the Monitoring Programme as related to Marudi Mountain. The report shows how the data collected by the SRDC Monitoring Programme has been corroborated by other sources and how it can be used to help address violations of the law and of our rights as indigenous peoples.
Faculty Armania Embaye @ArmaniaHE
This session tackles the use of effective communications for advocacy to present impact, and make a case for public and private investment.
Faculty Matthew S. Mahmoudi
This session demonstrates how applied approaches to technology design can be integrated in legal empowerment programs.
- The guide to Design for Legal Empowerment showing how to use Design Thinking to address tough challenges and transform organizations working towards legal empowerment, published by Tandemic and Open Society Foundations.
Bottom-up Storytelling (Armania Embaye)
Innovative Financing (Zaza Namoradze and Matthew Burnett)
Innovative Financing for Legal Empowerment (875.2 KB)
Popular Education (Marlon J. Manuel)
Popular Education (673.5 KB)