Human rights symposium kicks off Legal Aid centenary

Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (left), was the keynote speaker at last week’s joint University of Maryland/University of Baltimore law schools human rights symposium celebrating Legal Aid’s 100th anniversary.

“I’m impressed by Legal Aid’s visionary, out-of-the-box thinking to use a human rights framework,” Henderson said. “You play an important role in the human rights movement by helping the poor by preventing illegal evictions and making sure that parents don’t lose custody. I salute Legal Aid’s efforts to build a broader understanding of human rights. Your work is vital.”

Other speakers included UM Law Dean Phoebe Haddon, UB Law Dean Phillip Closius, Howard University law professor Lisa Crooms, University of Indiana law professor Florence Roisman, ACLU executive director Susan Goering, University of the District of Columbia law professor Edgar Cahn, and UM law professor Michael Millemann. Also in the picture: Legal Aid executive director Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr.

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