Law For Black Lives is a Black femme-led national network of over 3,500 radical lawyers committed to building a responsive legal infrastructure for movement organizations and cultivating a community of legal advocates trained in movement lawyering. Law For Black Lives staff is a team of strong Black and Latinx femmes who are deeply committed to supporting the leadership of directly impacted communities and transforming the legal field to represent the values of movement lawyering, which are centered in building community power and democratizing the law.
Krystina François is committed to building the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities in order for us all to get free. In 2014, Krystina launched her own community capacity building consultancy, KMD Consultant Group, where she developed civic engagement campaigns, models for large scale low-bono and pro-bono legal services, strategies for grassroots fundraising and facilitated leadership trainings, nonprofit collaboratives and public-private partnerships. She is known locally and nationally for her work around large scale naturalization services, starting when she founded the Florida New Americans Program at the Florida Immigrant Coalition in 2012. Krystina is passionate about creating community spaces for learning and has served on the planning committees for the Black Immigrant Network's bi-annual Kinship Assembly, the National Immigrant Integration Conference, Ladyfest Miami, The Femme Agenda: The Women’s Economic Congress and Leadership Miami. Krystina graduated from CUNY- Hunter College with a BA in Political Science and History.
Marbre Stahly-Butts works closely with organizers and communities across the country to advance and actualize radical policy. She currently serves on the Leadership Team of the Movement For Black Lives Policy Table and helped develop the Vision for Black Lives Policy Platform. Since graduating from Yale Law School four years Marbre has supported local and national organizations from across the country in their policy development and advocacy. She joined the Center for Popular Democracy as a Soros Justice Fellow in Fall 2013. Her Soros Justice work focused on organizing and working with families affected by aggressive policing and criminal justice policies in New York City in order to develop meaningful bottom up policy reforms. While in law school, Marbre focused on the intersection of criminal justice and civil rights and gained legal experience with the Bronx Defenders, the Equal Justice Initiative and the Prison Policy Initiative. Before law school Marbre received her Masters in African Studies from Oxford University and worked in Zimbabwe organizing communities impacted by violence and then in South Africa teaching at Nelson Mandela’s alma mater. Marbre graduated from Columbia University, with a BA in African-American History and Human Rights.
Assistant Partnership Director
Erica Perry works at the intersection of community organizing and lawyering. She is committed to working with other organizers and lawyers to weave together our dreams and visions of black liberation to create policies and transformative actions that get us closer to a world free from oppression and anti-blackness. Erica organizes with the Official Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter and Our Grass Our Roots to build community power and a more just Memphis. While in law school, Erica taught Street Law at local high schools, externed with the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office, clerked for the Memphis Housing Authority, and was a student attorney in the Neighborhood Preservation Clinic. In 2012 Erica graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a B.A. in political science with concentrations in public administration and philosophy. She graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2016.
Kimberly Gonzalez is a queer Latinx woman who was born and raised in Miami, FL by way of Cuba and Puerto Rico. She is committed to the self-determination of communities of color and is passionate about sharing her history and culture through food. She has spent the last five years organizing communities of color against police brutality and towards the end of mass incarceration. One of her core values is that liberation can only be won through the liberation of womxn and her work meets at the intersections of addressing patriarchy and white supremacy. She is dedicated to continuing to fight for the liberation of all oppressed peoples and building communities reliant on radical love.
Daryl Atkinson, Forward Justice
Scott Roberts, Color of Change
Vince Warren, Center for Constitutional Rights
Anneke Dunbar, Harvard Law School
Opal Tometi, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Andrea James, Families for Justice
Alana Greer, Community Justice Project
Amna Akbar, Ohio State University
Iman Freeman, Baltimore Legal Action
Purvi Shah, Movement Law Lab
Marbre Stahly-Butts, Law for Black Lives
Krystina François, Law for Black Lives