Rebellious Lawyering is an “empowering dynamic that encompasses a community-based approach to reform”
“The conception and behavior of lawyers as domineering experts has been frequently assailed….
In rallying attorneys to challenge the traditional model of attorney omnipotence and client subordination, Gerald Lopez championed ‘rebellious lawyering.’ Lopez encouraged lawyers to discard the model of lawyering he characterizes as ‘regnant’ and adopt a more empowering dynamic that encompasses a community-based approach to reform. Many others echo the call for community-based lawyering.”
Excerpted from Lauren Carasik, JUSTICE IN THE BALANCE: AN EVALUATION OF ONE CLINIC’S ABILITY TO HARMONIZE TEACHING PRACTICAL SKILLS, ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM WITH A SOCIAL JUSTICE MISSION, 16 S. Cal. Rev. L. & Soc. Just. 23 (2006).
Lauren Carasik is a clinical professor of law and the director of the international human rights clinic at the Western New England University School of Law.
See her profile here.