Sensibilities for Social Justice Lawyers

15 Pages Posted: 12 May 2013

Date Written: 2013


This essay suggests six mindsets or sensibilities that I consider crucial for 21st Century social justice lawyers of all ages: (1) We are not starting from scratch; we are building on the ideas and efforts of our predecessors and contemporaries. (2) It helps to be clear about our fundamental aims: what we mean by and count as social justice and social change. (3) We are at our best when we connect our efforts with others. (4) It is vital to cultivate our ability to see from multiple perspectives. (5) We are wise to pay close attention to class, race, and gender and to consciously combat all aspects of our cultural encapsulation. (6) Fostering social change is hard, fulfilling work.

Suggested Citation

Piomelli, Ascanio, Sensibilities for Social Justice Lawyers (2013). 10 Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal 177 (2013), UC Hastings Research Paper No. 41, Available at SSRN:

Ascanio Piomelli (Contact Author)

UC Law, San Francisco ( email )

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San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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