Public Interest Law Seminar: 20 June 2008

20 May 2008

FLAC is organising a half-day Public Interest Law seminar that will bring together three US lawyers and one Irish lawyer to speak about the work of their organisations and reflect on the relevance of Public Interest Law in society today. The event will be co-chaired by FLAC's Noeline Blackwell and Prof Walter Walsh of the University of Washington, Seattle.

Registration is free - just e-mail your interest, stating your name/organisation.

Venue: Morrison Hotel, Dublin 1

Date: 20 June 2008

Time: 9.30am-1.15pm


  • Walter J Walsh, Associate Professor of Law, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Noeline Blackwell, Director General, FLAC


  • Sue Donaldson, Founder and Executive Director, Washington Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest
  • Frank Murphy, Solicitor, Ballymun Community Law Centre
  • Michele Storms, Executive Director, Gates Public Service Law Scholarship Program
  • Douglas Lasdon, Founder and Executive Director, Urban Justice Center, New York

9.30am: Registration and Tea/Coffee
9.45am: Welcome and Introductions -- Noeline Blackwell
10.00am: Background to seminar -- Professor Walter J Walsh
10.15am: "How Washington Appleseed Engages Pro Bono Attorneys in Addressing Systemic Social Inequalities", Sue Donaldson
10.45am: "Providing Legal Services to the Most Marginalized Populations: The Work of the Urban Justice Center", Douglas Lasdon
11.15am: Coffee break
11.45 am: "Ballymun Community Law Centre - Regeneration and Access to Justice", Frank Murphy
12.15pm: "Contributing to Law in the Public Interest: The Relevance of Public Interest Law in Society Today", Michele Storms
12.45pm: Q & A session
1.15pm: Close of seminar