Human Rights Law in Maryland: The Maryland Legal Aid Bureauís Human Rights Project
Thursday, March 7th 2013
The fifth in a series of 2012-2013 International Legal Practice Colloquia sponsored by the International and Comparative Law Program and the International Law Society, this colloquium will explore the application of human rights principles at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, through its Human Rights Project.
The Human Rights Project at MLAB contextualizes the legal aid movement’s traditional mission to find legal remedies for people in poverty as part of the wider human rights movement. MLAB recently adopted a human rights framework for its activities and seeks to further the protection of its clients’ basic need for human rights.
Implementing a human rights approach to legal aid work in Maryland links the overarching and international concepts of human rights with the everyday problems of legal practice in Maryland. Will trial-level judges in Maryland hear human rights arguments favorably? How and where can those arguments best be made?
We will hear from Law School Alumni Reena Shah (’07), Director of the Human Rights Project at MLAB.
Reena K. Shah (’07), Director, Maryland Legal Aid Bureau Human Rights Project