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Kevin R. Johnson and Rebellious Lawyering

Can Rebellious Lawyering serve as law practitioners and their communities’ strategy against racial profiling?

Rebellious Lawyering is a legal strategy

“Gerald López conceptualized ‘rebellious lawyering’ as a way of empowering poor clients through grassroots, community-based advocacy facilitated by lawyers. Others have sought to import those teachings to immigration and related fields. The fundamental idea is for lawyers to attempt to pursue meaningful social change while at the same time employing community activism to empower the subordinated who can serve as their own advocates in future struggles when the lawyers are long gone.”

Excerpted from Kevin R. Johnson, HOW RACIAL PROFILING IN AMERICA BECAME THE LAW OF THE LAND: UNITED STATES v. BRIGNONI-PONCE AND WHREN v. UNITED STATES AND THE NEED FOR TRULY REBELLIOUS LAWYERING, 98 Geo. L.J. 1005 (2010).

Read this poignant and timely article in its entirety at:http://georgetownlawjournal.org/files/pdf/98-4/Johnson.PDF

The photo is of the article’s author, Kevin R. Johnson, UC Davis Law Professor.

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Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies at UC Davis School of Law.