Marie A. Failinger on “Rebellious Lawyering” as Dialogical Praxis:
“Dialogical praxis exemplifies many post-modern virtues. It abandons universality in the form of abstract justice for a practically and historically located practice: Thinking is in service of doing, and thinking starts with the here-and-now, not someone’s grand idea…. [A]s… some dialogical praxis theorists like Gerald López claim… problem-solving does not abandon theory, which is as necessary to rebellious lawyers as ‘close observation and sensible strategies [because it is vital to] an ability to maintain a long-range goal . . . while working toward the incremental accomplishment of less obviously radical tasks.’”
Cited from Marie A. Failinger, FACE-ING THE OTHER: AN ETHICS OF ENCOUNTER AND SOLIDARITY IN LEGAL SERVICES PRACTICE, 67 Fordham L. Rev. 2071 (1999).
Marie A. Failinger is a Law Professor at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.