Bulldozing the Road to Change:
Law students as architects of social justice.
“The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.”
– Maya Angelou
The Norman Amaker Midwest Public Interest Law & Social Justice Retreat aims to capture the spirit of our late professor, Norman Amaker, who fought alongside leaders like Thurgood Marshall and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to transform the social justice landscape bychallenging racial discrimination during the civil rights era. Our goal is to support the future generation of public interest lawyers by teaching them the skills needed to bring about legal and social change. By increasing their awareness of inequalities in the community, we hope to inspire students to embrace social justice values. The Amaker Retreat also helps build a network of resources by exposing students to local and national public interest leaders who have made a longtime commitment to serving people who face inequality.
The theme for the 2015 Amaker Retreat is Bulldozing the Road to Change: Law Students as Architects of Social Justice. This theme was inspired by Maya Angelou who said, “The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.” Through seminars and trainings, the Amaker Retreat affords students from around the Midwest the opportunity to broaden their horizons on social reform.
The goal of the Amaker Retreat is to develop the next generation of public interest leaders who will build the bridges necessary to become stewards for society and protectors of the underserved.
Norman Amaker and colleagues at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund behind Thurgood Marshall's desk in 1962. From left, Derrick Bell, Frank Feffron, Norman Amaker, Leroy Clark, and Constance Baker Motley.