Shaking the Foundations

Shaking the Foundations is an annual conference that brings together law students, practitioners and academics from around the country who share a commitment to use the law for positive, progressive social change. Through panels, workshops and speakers, the conference is designed to provide a forum for advocates and law students to discuss innovative strategies and solutions to the world’s most pressing social justice issues.

This year, the conference will be held on October 15th, 2016 at Stanford Law School. The panel discussions and presentations will focus on building, shaping, and sustaining political power, and our keynote speaker will be Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Please register at!

Below is the current schedule of panels – you may find the full description of panels by using the drop-down menu above (click “Overview” and then select “Panel Descriptions”).

9:00 – 10:00          Registration and breakfast

10:00 – 11:30       Keynote Address

11:45 – 1:00          First Block of Concurrent Panels

  • Definitions of a “Public Interest Lawyer:” Explorations and Questions
  • Frisco 5: Employing Radical Tactics to End Police Brutality  
  • Arts, Activism, and Social Change: Using Art to Combat Gentrification in the Bay Area

1:00-2:15              Lunch

2:30-3:45              Second Block of Panels

  • Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt: Making a Case for Reproductive Justice
  • Empowering Native Voices at the Ballot Box: Current Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities in Native American Voting Rights
  • Linking Immigration Detention Centers to the Prison Industrial Complex
  • Just Transition: An Intersectional Framework for Pursuing Climate Justice

4:00-5:15              Third Block of Panels

  • Prison Abolition and Mass Incarceration
  • The Role of Social Media in Human Rights Activism
  • Emerging Legal Issues in/for the Trans+ Community

5:30-6:30              Happy Hour Reception


We look forward to you joining us this upcoming October 15th to celebrate, collaborate, and explore progressive lawyering in this key political and social moment. If you have any questions, please contact Drew Flood at

2016-17 Board Members

Project Manager:
Savannah Fletcher

Conference Manager:
Anya Havriliak

Travel Manager:
Katherine Moy

Gemma Donofrio
Nina Monfredo

Zach Glubiak
Kelsey Merrick
Kelsey Townsend

Max Schoening
Sarah Brim
Matt Garcia

Web and Social Media:
Drew Flood

Aaron Forbath
Nina Monfredo