Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=898665
 
 

Citations (2)



 
 

Footnotes (301)



 


 



A Critical Reflection on Law and Organizing


Scott L. Cummings


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Ingrid V. Eagly


UCLA School of Law; University of Oxford - Border Criminologies


UCLA Law Review, Vol. 48, pp. 443-517, 2001
UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 06-21
NYLS Clinical Research Institute Paper No. 05/06-17

Abstract:     
Over the last decade, poverty law scholars and practitioners have engaged in a lively debate about the relationship between law and social change. What has emerged from this dialogue is a new community-based approach to progressive lawyering that combines legal advocacy and grassroots action in a form of practice that this Article terms "law and organizing." The law and organizing model privileges movement politics over law reform efforts and suggests that lawyers should facilitate community mobilization rather than practice in the conventional mode. In the academy, this model has attracted heightened attention from legal scholars dissatisfied with the potential of litigation efforts to produce meaningful social change. On the ground, lawyers have deployed organizing tactics to achieve significant gains for marginalized communities. Yet, although it holds out rich possibilities, the law and organizing paradigm is still largely untested as a practical strategy and has not been subjected to close academic scrutiny. This Article initiates a critical reflection on law and organizing by providing a historical account of its evolution, examining how poverty lawyers are incorporating organizing into their day-to-day practice, and analyzing some of the structural, practical, and ethical issues posed by this new approach.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 76

Keywords: progressive lawyering, social change, poverty law, law reform

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: April 25, 2006  

Suggested Citation

Cummings, Scott L. and Eagly, Ingrid V., A Critical Reflection on Law and Organizing. UCLA Law Review, Vol. 48, pp. 443-517, 2001; UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 06-21; NYLS Clinical Research Institute Paper No. 05/06-17. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=898665

Contact Information

Scott L. Cummings (Contact Author)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )
385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States
Ingrid V. Eagly
UCLA School of Law ( email )
385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States
University of Oxford - Border Criminologies ( email )
Manor Road Building
Manor Rd
Oxford, OX1 3UQ
United Kingdom

Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 2,054
Downloads: 344
Download Rank: 48,121
Citations:  2
Footnotes:  301

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo3 in 0.391 seconds