Turning Passion into Action:
Leadership training for the twenty-first century social justice lawyer
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. . . Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation.”
– Nelson Mandela
Norman Amaker committed his career to achieving social justice. The Amaker Retreat promotes principles of service, invigorates the next generation of socially conscious lawyers, and provides a forum for thinking about reform, the growth of public interest law, and social change.
This year’s retreat “Turning Passion into Action: Leadership training for the twenty-first century social justice lawyer” is designed to teach attendees advocacy tools and skills useful in various areas of law. The retreat will include trainings, workshops, and distinguished speakers who have made significant contributions to the public interest in their work toward social justice.
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.