Stephanie Tai on “Rebellious Lawyering” in Context of Environmental Justice
“Critics of Lopez’s ‘rebellious lawyering’ model often point to successful community lawyering efforts that have emphasized traditional transactional client-oriented litigation rather than community empowerment. However, even lawyers of the traditional model attend community meetings and local protests, serve on community boards, and are reminded that ‘they are part of their communities.’ What is crucial may not be the lawyer’s method of operation, but rather, their ability to share their clients’ vantage points.”
Excerpted from Stephanie Tai, ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS AND THE RICHMOND LAOTIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY: A CASE STUDY IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, 6 Asian L.J. 189 (1999)
Stephanie Tai is Associate Professor of Law at University of Wisconsin School of Law.