Theory and Practice of Public Lawyering: Seminar

Theory and Practice of Public Lawyering: Seminar
Professor Lani Guinier
2 classroom credits Spring
Lawyers who advocate for the disadvantaged and under-represented and thus for a more
equal, sustainable and participatory society are practicing in a new context today. These
lawyers use different techniques and play different roles than those of the litigation
impact lawyers of the 1960s or 1970s. In this seminar, we will take an in-depth look at
new lawyering and teaching practices that challenge existing relationships and social
hierarchies while engaging lawyers', clients' and students’ powers of moral imagination,
collaboration, and critical deliberation. We will build on the exploration of traditional
lawyering models presented in the Responsibilities of Public Lawyers course to search
for new roles, sites, and practices of public education and legal advocacy. Students will
meet in a workshop format to discuss assigned readings and to help shape experimental
pedagogical projects