On April 14th at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT, PPP held a panel aimed at unpacking “public interest” lawyering.

Too often, we see that law students are told that there are two paths as an attorney: corporate practice, or public interest work. Rarely is the umbrella concept of public interest lawyering adequately unpacked, which prevents students from understanding the various theories of change that underlie different career paths, the different skill sets required by different types of public interest work, etc.

That’s why we brought together a group of social justice-oriented attorneys whose practices and day-to-day work vary considerably—but who share a vision of a better future—to talk to students from across law schools about what they might look for in a career.


  • Maleaha Brown, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles;
  • Gautam Hans, Vanderbilt Law School;
  • Amanda Karl, Gibbs Law Group LLP; and
  • Meryum Khan, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.