Systemic Justice Lawyering:
Building Power through Storytelling, Organizing, and Movement Lawyering

Blake Strode and Oren Nimni

Blake Strode and Oren Nimni

Interested in effective strategies to advance systemic social change? Join us! This lunch event — co-sponsored by the Systemic Justice Project and the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School — will explore three core elements of systemic change: storytelling, organizing, and movement lawyering, in conversation with Blake Strode, the Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, and Oren Nimni, the Litigation Director at Rights Behind Bars. The discussion will be grounded in a recent case that Strode and Nimni filed against City Justice Center, a St. Louis jail, for subjecting incarcerated people to excessive macing. Lunch will be provided.

  • ArchCity Defenders is a holistic legal advocacy organization that combats the criminalization of poverty and stateQR code violence, especially in communities of color.
  • Rights Behind Bars is a non-profit legal advocacy organization working alongside incarcerated people to challenge the cruel and inhumane conditions of confinement.
  • The Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising encourages Harvard Law students and alumni to incorporate an ongoing commitment to public service throughout their careers.
  • The System Justice Project prepares law students for the challenge of understanding and addressing systemic injustices.


  • Date and Time: 9/8/23 – 12:20 – 1:20
  • Location: Harvard Law School, Wasserstein 2012
  • Lunch Provided 
  • Law students and college students in Boston area who would like to attend, please email by 9/7/23 for more information (include “SJL Lunch Event” in subject line).

This event is related, and provides an introduction, to a series of systemic justice teach-ins being held at Harvard Law School this fall. Learn more the teach-ins here or at

Special thanks to Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.