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New Roles to Solve Old Problems: Lawyering for Ordinary People in Today's Context

29 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2011  

Marsha Mansfield

University of Wisconsin Law School

Louise G. Trubek

University of Wisconsin Law School

Date Written: July 20, 2011

Abstract

The article identifies how changes in the legal landscape, including funding for legal services, legal needs, and technology, provide both barriers and opportunities to rethink legal practice for ordinary people. Law school graduates can use different tools and roles to develop innovations that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their legal work. However, how law students are taught must evolve as well for the innovations to succeed.

The article first discusses what types of legal services can best assist ordinary people in the current context using as examples experiences of Wisconsin law clinics and centers for legal assistance as well as national programs. The article explores new roles created by the new context including expanding cross-discipline collaborative practices, measuring and evaluating outcomes, and providing strategic facilitation. Finally the article addresses how law schools, through expanded clinics and innovative curricula, can train students to envision productive careers by learning to apply these new roles in the new context.

Keywords: context, legal services delivery, new practices, family law, collaborate, multi-disciplinary, measurement, evaluation, strategic facilitation, medical-legal partnerships, competencies, legal education

JEL Classification: K4

Suggested Citation

Mansfield, Marsha and Trubek, Louise G., New Roles to Solve Old Problems: Lawyering for Ordinary People in Today's Context (July 20, 2011). New York Law School Law Review, Vol. 56, No. 2, 2011; University of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1164. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1883487

Marsha Mansfield (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin Law School ( email )

975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
United States

Louise G. Trubek

University of Wisconsin Law School ( email )

975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
United States

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