2021 Access to Justice Conference
Crisis and Reckoning: A Call to Dismantle Unjust Systems
Every two years, the Access to Justice Conference brings together community members, legal system advocates, judges, attorneys, and policymakers across Washington State who are committed to dismantling systems of oppression and poverty.
The 2021 Access to Justice Conference theme is Crisis and Reckoning: A Call to Dismantle Unjust Systems. The COVID-19 crisis and resulting economic downturn have laid bare and contributed to deep systemic inequalities, and particularly exposed the ways in which systemic racism continues to impact Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. This time of crisis calls upon law and justice advocates, working in partnership with communities of color most impacted by systemic racism, to reckon with and dismantle injustice within the legal system.
This year will be the first ever entirely virtual Access to Justice Conference. The Planning Committee chose to move forward with a virtual conference as a way to improve accessibility and ensure the health and safety of conference attendees and presenters.
Registration will open in Spring 2021. Registration will be free (attorneys seeking CLE credit will be charged $100). We will post more details here as they become available. Stay tuned!
Read on to learn about our 2019 conference, Amplifying the Power of Community, held in Spokane, WA.
The conference featured an outstanding line-up of advocates, activists, and community leaders from Spokane and across the state. Attendees participated in focused conference-tracks about mass incarceration and justice-involved individuals; trauma-informed advocacy and self-care; race equity and leadership skill building; and community lawyering. The Conference also offered stand-alone sessions about the intersectional barriers faced by LGBTQ and trans communities, combatting islamophobia, building community-centered technology, strengthening volunteer engagement, learning to use a reproductive justice framework, and more. The conference also featured dedicated time and space for facilitated affinity groups, an equity-themed book discussion, a re-entry simulation, and ample opportunities to connect with colleagues.