Wednesday, February 27, 2013
As blog readers know, I live a dual-life in academics as both a doctrinal teacher and a clinical teacher (I love it!). This posting is written with my clinician hat on. Last week, I sent an e-mail to the “lawclinics” listserv, the major listserv for clinicians, asking for recommended readings on community lawyering that were short and easily accessed by a student audience. I received many excellent responses.
I assembled all of the suggested readings and sent them to the listserv yesterday. I thought the suggestsions were so good, I would post them here, too, as I imagine there may be non-clinicians who would also benefit from this list. Citations are not official or verified, but just as folks sent them to me in e-mails.
Incidentally, the most recommended reading was not a reading as all, but the video, So Goes a Nation: Lawyers and Communities. This video was recommended by four respondents, was the only resource cited multiple times, and seems a “must see.”
Here are the rest of the recommended readings in no particular order:
Bill Quigley, Reflections of Community Organizers (1995) at
ROGER CLAY & SUSAN JONES, BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: A GUIDE TO COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR LAWYERS, ADVOCATES AND POLICYMAKERS, American Bar Assn Publishing (2010) (chapter on community lawyering).
Chuck Elsesser & Purvi Shah, Community Lawyering (2010) at
Nancy D. Polikoff, Am I My Client? The Role of Confusion of a Lawyer Activist, 31 HARV. C.R.-C.L. L. REV. 443 (1986).
Paul R. Tremblay, Counseling Community Groups, 17 CLINICAL L. REV. 389 (2010).
Ross Dolloff & Marc Potvin, Community Lawyering--Why Now?, 37 CLEARINGHOUSE REVIEW 136 (July-Aug. 2003).
Michael J. Fox, Some Rules for Community Lawyers, 14 CLEARINGHOUSE REVIEW 1 (May 1980) (“sets forth 16 principles for community lawyering”).
Penda Hair, Community Justice Lawyering & Community Economic Development Practice, 37 CLEARINGHOUSE REVIEW 145 (July-Aug. 2003).
Cynthia Mark & Evonne Yang, The Power-One Campaign: Immigrant Worker Empowerment Through Law & Organizing, 36 CLEARINGHOUSE REVIEW 264 (July-Aug. 2002).
ALAN CHEN & SCOTT CUMMINGS, PUBLIC INTEREST LAWYERING: A CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE (2012) (community lawyering materials).
Publication on lawyers in communities that excerpts stories in a more accessible way: http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/hair.pdf. “It’s a little dated now (2001) but still relevant.”
“Chapter One of the Community Economic Development Law book from Susan Bennett, Louise Howells, et. al. very briefly discusses CED lawyering and contextualizes organizing and advocacy strategies in the broader framework of more traditional transactional/organizational representation. . . . Our students got something from the reading (but it’s quite short).”
Susan R. Jones, Small Business and Community Economic Development: Transactional
Lawyering for Social Change and Economic Justice, 4 CLINICAL L. REV. 195 (1997).
Roger Conner, Community Oriented Lawyering: New Approach for Public Sector Lawyers, THE PUBLIC LAWYER (Summer 2000).
Ross Dolloff, Marc Potvin, Community Lawyering - Why Now?, Clearinghouse Review (July-August 2003) (pgs. 136-139).
Bouman, Growing the Toolbox: Diverse Strategies for Public Interest Lawyers in Campaigns to Expand Access to Health Care for Low-Income People, CLEARINGHOUSE REVIEW JOURNAL OF POVERTY LAW AND POLICY, July-August 2009, 173-183.
Muneer Ahmad, Interpreting Communities: Lawyering Across Language Difference, 54 U.C.L.A. L. REV. 999 (2007).
Susan Bryant & Jean Koh Peters, The Five Habits: Building Cross-Cultural Competence in Lawyers, 8 CLINICAL L. REV. 33 (2001).
Nancy Cook, Looking for Justice on a Two-Way Street, 20 WASH. U. J.L. & POL'Y 169 (2006).
JENNIFER GORDON, SUBURBAN SWEATSHOP: THE FIGHT FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS (2005).
Gerald P. Lopez, Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano's Vision of Progressive Law Practice (1992).
Karen Tokarz, Nancy Cook, Susan Brooks, Brenda Bratton Blom, Conversations on "Community Lawyering": The Newest (Oldest) Wave in Clinical Legal Education, 28 WASH. U. J.L. & POL'Y. 359, 363-365 (2008).
Lucie E. White, Collaborative Lawyering in the Field? On Mapping the Paths From Rhetoric to Practice, 1 CLINICAL L. REV. 157 (1994).
Lucie E. White, Subordination, Rhetorical Survival Skills, and Sunday Shoes: Notes on the Hearing of Mrs. G., 1 BUFF. L. REV. 1 (1980).
Thank you all for your suggestions!