Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal


Artika R. Tyner


To accomplish meaningful social change, lawyers must move beyond their traditional role as mediaries between clients and the justice system and work collaboratively with marginalized communities. Lawyers should stand as leaders to help underprivileged people obtain the basic necessities of life and dignity. To that end, Dr. Tyner introduces three pillars of new social justice lawyering: social justice lawyering, leadership, and public policy advocacy.

This essay opens with a survey of several theoretical approaches to social justice lawyering. It moves on to examine how lawyers can serve as leaders. Finally, the article explores ways in which lawyers can serve as public policy advocates in pursuit of social change.

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