Book Talk: Crisis Lawyering: Effective Legal Advocacy in Emergency Situations

March 4, 2021

Please join the Lillian Goldman Law Library for a book talk with professor Raymond H. Brescia ’92, on his new book, Crisis Lawyering: Effective Legal Advocacy in Emergency Situations with professors Muneer I. Ahmad, and Michael J. Wishnie ’93 who co-authored the chapter “Call Air Traffic Control! Confronting Crisis as Lawyers and Teachers.”

The event will take place on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 4:10 – 5:00pm via Zoom

In an increasingly globalized world, a complex and interlocking web of nations, governments, non-state actors, laws, and rules affect human behavior. When crisis hits, whether that be extrajudicial detention, unprompted deportation, pandemics, or natural disasters, lawyers are increasingly among the first responders, equipped with the knowledge necessary to navigate the regulations of this ever more complex world.

Crisis Lawyering explores this phenomenon and attempts to identify and define what it means to engage in the practice of law in crisis situations. In so doing, it hopes to sketch out the contours of the emerging field of crisis lawyering. Contributors to this volume explore cases surrounding domestic violence; dealing with immigrants in detention and banned from travel; policing in Ferguson, Missouri; the kidnapping of journalists; and climate change, among other crises. Their analysis not only serves as guidance to lawyers in such situations, but also helps others who deal with crises understand those crises and the role of lawyers in them better so that they may respond to them more effectively, efficiently, collaboratively and creatively.

Crisis Lawyering shines a light on the emerging field of law dedicated to responding to and resolving the complex crises of the twenty-first century.

Raymond H. Brescia ’92 is Hon. Harold R. Tyler Chair in Law and Technology; Professor of Law at Albany Law School 

Muneer I. Ahmad is Deputy Dean for Experiential Education, Sol Goldman Clinical Professor of Law, and Director, Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization.

Michael J. Wishnie ’93 is William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law and Counselor to the Dean.

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