Episode 49: The Pursuit of Racial Justice: A Conversation with Leah Watson



In this week’s episode, we amplify the voice of Leah Watson. Leah is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program, where she focuses on the criminalization of poverty.

Previously, she was Senior Counsel in the Criminal Justice Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where she led litigation challenging debtors’ prisons and excessive fines and fees practices in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Leah co-authored reports, delivered community trainings and developed policy recommendations for fines and fees reform at the state and local levels. She launched P.R.O.T.E.C.T.: A Guide for Law Enforcement Engagement with Students of Color.

Prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Leah was a Senior Associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and an Associate at Baker Hostetler LLP. She led cross-border investigations in one of the top ten largest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements. She was a member of the trial team that secured a victory in the largest residential mortgage backed securities trial in history. 

Leah obtained Special Immigrant Juvenile status and custody orders for pro bono clients and successfully challenged a pro bono client’s criminal conviction. During a six-month externship at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, she represented clients in disability rights, police misconduct, fair housing, and wage theft cases. Leah earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2011. Prior to law school, she taught high school in Atlanta, Georgia through Teach for America. Leah earned her B.A. magna cum laude in Communication Studies and Sociology from Vanderbilt University in 2006.

In this episode, Leah gets very candid as she sheds light on the vital work she's doing to lead the charge in achieving racial justice. She also breaks down pertinent information for us (the average American citizen) to understand how we can stand in the gap and help join the fight for a better country and society.

Turn up your volume, this is a conversation you don't wanna miss!

 What you'll learn:

  • Leah's roots growing up in the south.
  • How her educational background impacted her heart to see change.
  • How systemic oppression within the justice system creates a vicious cycle of criminalization of Black and Brown bodies.
  • The launching of her educational law enforcement guide P.R.O.T.E.C.T. for engagement with students of color.
  • How we can join the fight in social justice.

Download PDF Guide  P.R.O.T.E.C.T.

[music: "Fly" by Makaih Beats 


Website Coming Soon: www.leahwatsonesq.com

Twitter: @LeahWatsonEsq


Are you ready to start your very own podcast? Check out our 70+ page comprehensive guide that walks you through every step to get your show launched and ready for the world.  We’ve taken our professional knowledge and experience in strategy, recording, editing and presenting into this comprehensive guide so you don’t have to spend months making mistakes you can avoid before you get started. Receive full-on support ranging from mindset shifting, content development, technical setup, recording & editing, and ongoing (strategies) after launch. Let's take you from dreaming to streaming so that you can powerfully share your message while achieving your next level of success.

Get your copy at: https://gum.co/launchpad-ebook


This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melanatedconvos/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/melanatedconvos

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melanatedconvos/


Click here to subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts.

Click here to subscribe to us on Stitcher.

Click here to subscribe to us on Spotify.

Click here to subscribe to us on Google Podcasts. 


[music: "Fly" by Makaih Beats