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Summit on Climate and Environmental Justice, Racism, and the Law

November 16, 2023 - November 17, 2023

Bringing organizers, attorneys, & scholars to share knowledge, build relationships and power, & move towards action to meet this moment.

Join us on November 16th and 17th in Durham, North Carolina for a Summit on Climate & Environmental Justice, Racism, and the Law. The summit will bring lawyers, scholars, and frontline advocates to share information, build relationships, and center and support communities in crafting strategies and solutions. Join us as we radically imagine law & policy for repair and transformation. Space is limited. Apply now to attend.

  • AGENDA: 

The Summit agenda is currently in development. Day 1 will be a day of knowledge sharing and Day 2 will be a day to build relationships, alignment, narratives, and strategies rooted in the People’s Movement Assembly framework. 

  • FAQ:

Who is planning the Summit?

This event is hosted by Taproot Earth, North Carolina Central Law School Social Justice and Racial Equity Institute, the University of North Carolina School of Law Center for Civil Rights, and the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic and Center on Law, Race & Policy at Duke University School of Law.

Our Planning and Steering Committees continue to grow, bringing together representatives from the Center for Coalfield Justice; Tishman Center at The New School; Land Loss Prevention Project; Center for Constitutional Rights; North Carolina Environmental Justice Network; The Chisholm Legacy Project; PolicyLink; Boston University School of Law; Virginia Poverty Law Center; Black Belt Justice Center; National Community Reinvestment Coalition; GreenLatinos; Southern Environmental Law Center; New York Lawyers for the Public Interest; Climate Justice Collaborative at the National Partnership for New Americans; HousingLOUISIANA; Earthjustice; Climate and Community Project; WE ACT for Environmental Justice; West End Revitalization Association; Crushing Colonialism; Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources, UC Irvine School of Law; RedTailed Hawk Collective; Friends of the Earth; Wake Forest University School of Law; North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers Land Loss Prevention Project; GreenLatinos; and more.

Is my registration complete once I fill out the form?

No. Your registration will serve as an expression of interest in participation in this event as in-person space is limited. We want to ensure strong representation across movements, regions, roles, and identities, with preference given to organizers from frontline movement organizations and representatives from the communities most impacted. We will be in touch to confirm your attendance by October 6th or earlier if possible.

Will there be virtual access? Will this be a hybrid event?

Yes. There will be opportunities for virtual participation for registered participants. Recordings of plenary sessions and panel discussions will be available after the event.

Will there be financial support for travel?

Yes. Travel stipends of up to $750 will be available for all participants in advance of the event unless they choose to opt out of these funds.

Will this event be accessible to people with disabilities?

Yes. All Summit events will be held at ADA compliant facilities, but we understand that ADA compliance “is the floor not the ceiling.” Please share with us any physical, linguistic, or other access needs that will facilitate your attendance, either in person or virtually.

Website:  Apply now to attend.


November 16, 2023
November 17, 2023


Taproot Earth
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Durham, North Carolina
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