Justice Labs Mentor Margaret Stock Running for Senate

17 Feb 2016

Justice Labs mentor Margaret Stock has just announced that she will be running as an independent. Margaret was a hit when she gave a law lecture to Chinese students at Wuhan University in 2011. 

Three Steps to Job Satisfaction

11 Feb 2016

Career Planning Theory

For those of you who are just embarking on a career as a lawyer or for those who have been practicing for some time certain universal truths apply to the career planning process.  To find a satisfying job in public interest law (or in any field for that matter) you need to follow three steps: (1) know yourself; (2) identify compatible jobs; (3) create a written plan and follow through with it. In the next three blog posts we will look in depth at these three steps. This week we will look at the first step. 

The Plight of Rights Lawyers in China

03 Feb 2016

Here is a penetrating, disturbing report about the status of rights lawyers in China that appears in the February 1, 2016 edition of the American Bar Association Journal. 

The attacks published in China's state-sponsored news media pulled no punches. Wang Yu is an "arrogant convict of a woman," screamed an op-ed article in one major newspaper. Wang Yu is a "hypocritical and false lawyer." Wang Yu is a "shrew." In retrospect, the media assault against Wang, one of China’s leading human rights lawyers, should have come as no surprise—and it fore-shadowed things to come.

Public Interest Lawyer Profile: Gregory Antollino

13 Jan 2016

"I consider myself a trial lawyer first, a litigator second. I represent victims of employment discrimination, other civil rights violations (wrongful arrests, wrongful prosecutions and police brutality), and clients harmed by neglectful or dishonest lawyers.

A Japanese Human Rights Lawyer in New York

04 Jan 2016

Japanese public interest lawyer Daisuke Igeta uses a recently decided U.S. case in support of his groundbreaking surveillance case in Japan. 

Career decisions: do you focus on risk or on opportunity?

14 Dec 2015

Do you postpone pursuing a public interest career out of fear -- fear of failure, fear of parental disapproval, fear of living a less lofty lifestyle, you name it -- or do you pursue a public interest career because you see it as an opportunity for growth? This smart LinkedIn article by James Altucher contains a wealth of insights about how we make important decisions in our life. I am constantly battling my own avoidant streak. Yes, by embracing risks you may feel fearful.

Foreign NGOs in China and Silent Complicity

09 Dec 2015

Foreign Policy article inside the fight over the American Bar Association's tepid condemnation of Beijing’s crackdown on lawyers and activists.

Mentor Maazel: a constitutional checklist

30 Nov 2015

Civil rights lawyer and Justice Labs mentor Ilann Maazel's article on fighting terrorism without abandoning our values. 

Experiencing human rights in Hong Kong

17 Nov 2015

Justice Labs mentor Lindsay Ernst directs an innovative program at the Univesity of Hong Kong called "Human Rights in Practice." This is an editorial her students wrote about their experiences working with "hard to place" children in Hong Kong's adoption system.