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Teaching Social Justice Lawyering: Systematically Including Community Legal Education in Clinical Legal Education


Margaret M. Barry


Vermont Law School

A. Rachel Camp


Georgetown University Law Center

Margaret Ellen Johnson


University of Baltimore - School of Law

Catherine F. Klein


Catholic University of America (CUA) - Columbus School of Law

Lisa V. Martin


Catholic University of America (CUA) - Columbus School of Law

September 8, 2011

18 Clinical L. Rev. 401 (2012)
NYLS Clinical Research Institute Paper No. 03/2012

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There is a body of literature on clinical legal theory that urges a focus in clinics beyond the single client to an explicit teaching of social justice lawyering. This Article adds to this emerging body of work by discussing the valuable role community legal education plays as a vehicle for teaching skills and values essential to single client representation and social justice lawyering. The Article examines the theoretical underpinnings of clinical legal education, community organizing and community education and how they influenced the authors’ design and implementation of community legal education within their clinics. It then discusses two projects designed to help victims of domestic violence. The first project has been ongoing for several years in a clinic with a long history of incorporating community education into its work. The second project was undertaken for the first time by a clinic teaching community legal education after a long hiatus. Through the discussion of these two projects, the Article evaluates and explains the pedagogical and logistical successes and challenges of incorporating community education into clinical programs and assesses the justice outcomes of their community work, both to the communities served and to their students.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 58

Keywords: clinical education, community legal education, social justice, lawyering, domestic violence

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Date posted: September 17, 2011 ; Last revised: May 24, 2014

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Barry, Margaret M. and Camp, A. Rachel and Johnson, Margaret Ellen and Klein, Catherine F. and Martin, Lisa V., Teaching Social Justice Lawyering: Systematically Including Community Legal Education in Clinical Legal Education (September 8, 2011). 18 Clinical L. Rev. 401 (2012); NYLS Clinical Research Institute Paper No. 03/2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1924393

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Margaret M. Barry
Vermont Law School ( email )
68 North Windsor Street
P.O. Box 60
South Royalton, VT 05068
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Our_Faculty/Faculty_Directory/Margaret_Martin_Barry.htm
Anna Rachel Camp
Georgetown University Law Center ( email )
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States
Margaret Ellen Johnson
University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )
1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States
Catherine F. Klein
Catholic University of America (CUA) - Columbus School of Law ( email )
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
Washington, DC 20064
United States
Lisa V. Martin (Contact Author)
Catholic University of America (CUA) - Columbus School of Law ( email )
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
Washington, DC 20064
United States
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