Bill Ong Hing, founder of and general counsel to Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), has written on the ILRC’s espousal and practice of Rebellious Lawyering.
“In the words of López, rebellious lawyering involves a ‘fight against subordination through a different understanding of lawyering’ that may need to understand the ‘politics of multinational decision-making.’”
“The art of… rebellious lawyering generally is discussed, pondered, and understood in the context of direct services organizations or law offices, such as legal services offices, pro bono representation, law school clinical programs, or other law firms that may provide at least occasional services to low income or disadvantaged clients. However, the world of legal services to subordinated communities also includes support or backup centers that provide training, consultation, advice, and support to services providers at the frontlines, as well as educational outreach to low income communities. As this Article hopes to illustrate, the work of support and backup centers is quite conducive to practicing in the collaborative approach. And many of the practice examples described can, in fact, be incorporated into the day-to-day work of law school clinical programs and direct services law offices.”
“The ILRC’s collaboration with grassroots community groups, community-based organizations, pro bono lawyers, the media, and even government agencies exemplifies the concept of collaboration with allies that is central to rebellious lawyering. López calls for a collaboration of ‘co-eminent’ practitioners, by whom he means lawyers, clients, and other potential problem solvers such as community activists, organizers, media, administrators, policy-makers, researchers, and funders.”
Excerpted from Bill Ong Hing, LEGAL SERVICES SUPPORT CENTERS AND REBELLIOUS ADVOCACY: A CASE STUDY OF THE IMMIGRANT LEGAL RESOURCE CENTER, 28 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol’y 265 (2008).