Status Update

If you are looking to keep up with progressive legal news I would urge you to follow the Twitter feed @proglawyer (which you can also see on the right of this page).

I am looking at turning this site into a directory of progressive legal organizations and firms.  If you would like to help out you can contact me at proglawyer(at)gmail(dot)com. It will take a fair amount of work but in this day and age I believe it is much needed.



Video: Career Discussion with Accountability Counsel Executive Director Natalie Bridgeman Fields

This is an excellent video on career options with NGO Accountability Counsel. According to their website:

Accountability Counsel amplifies the voices of communities around the world to protect their human rights and environment. As advocates for people harmed by internationally-financed projects, we employ community driven and policy level strategies to access justice.

I hope to have a feature interview with Natalie in the near future. Until then enjoy the video:


We are on our summer break!

We will be taking off the month of July but look forward to being back in August. Have a happy, safe and relaxing summer!

Mark on behalf of everyone at Progressive Lawyer

Spotlight on The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP)


Back in January we shone the Progressive Lawyer spotlight on the The Center for HIV Law & Policy and chatted with Legal Director Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal. With news that Ivan has moved on to head the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in Boston (of which we hope to do a feature on soon) we thought it appropriate to revisit this post in case you missed it. Catherine Hanssens is the current Executive Director and Founder, Tosh Anderson is the Program Manager and Mayo Schreiber is the Senior Criminal Law and Managing Consultant.

This week we talk to Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal of The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) on the work they do to reduce the impact of HIV on vulnerable and marginalized communities and to secure the human rights of people affected by HIV

Progressive Lawyer: Please introduce yourself and describe your role in The Center for HIV Law & Policy.

Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal: My name is Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, and I am a civil rights lawyer advocating for racial justice, immigration and LGBT/HIV equality. I am the Legal Director of The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP). As Legal Director, I set legal and policy strategy, guide CHLP’s work, and supervise the organization’s lawyers and staff. I oversee CHLP’s legal and policy efforts across the country. CHLP’s website contains more information about our work (

PL: Why was CHLP started? What issues does it confront?

IE-M: CHLP is a national legal and policy resource and strategy center working to reduce the impact of HIV on vulnerable and marginalized communities and to secure the human rights of people affected by HIV. CHLP is a national leader on policy development. We advise policy makers, lawyers, and community advocates. Continue reading “Spotlight on The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP)”

Video: Social justice — is it still relevant in the 21st century?

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Pervasive injustice has society at a turning point. Every individual has a choice to make – you can either stand with me and fight for social justice, or you can stay on the sidelines silently supporting the systems that perpetuate the inequality, violence, and poverty that plague our world. This talk highlights some of the most critical social justice issues of our time and calls on everyone to stand up and play a part in changing the world.