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IRISH BAR COUNCIL CHAIR TURLOUGH O’DONNELL PUBLIC INTEREST LAW IN ACTION

NEWSLETTER SPRING 2007

Turlough O’Donnell, Chairperson of the Irish Bar Council and a very senior barrister, studied public interest law in action with The City Project the week of August 13, 2007. The Bar Council is the governing body of the barristers’ section of the legal profession in Ireland. Turlough is a very successful senior counsel, committed to social justice and public interest law, and chair of the board of a community law center in Dublin. Turlough stayed busy. He attended a planning commission hearing on the El Monte Transit Village and dined with the Transit Group leadership team. He met with the UTLA Physical Education committee, and attended a planning session for the Second Annual National Latino Congreso. He sat down with political activist and author Tom Hayden. He met with the Alianza de los Pueblos del Rio and Adan Ortega, and ate at the regular William C. Velasquez Institute breakfast. Finally, Turlough took a site tour of the Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles State Historic Park, Rio de Los Angeles State Park, and Ascot Hills Park with Jose Carmona and Rafael Aguilera of the Verde Group and The City Project staff. Turlough’s visit followed up on presentations on race, poverty and justice by Robert Garcia at international conferences in Dublin sponsored by FLAC (Free Legal Assistance Centers) as discussed in an article in the Bar Review, the Journal of the Bar of Ireland, by Aideen Collard.