Planting People, Growing Justice: The Three Pillars of New Social Justice Lawyering

46 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2013  

Artika R. Tyner

University of St. Thomas School of Law

Date Written: April 12, 2013

Abstract

This article explores the tools that lawyers can employ to build and sustain social change. These tools add a new dimension to scholarly research in the field by focusing on the role of lawyers as leaders as they seek to influence processes of social change, transform systems, and empower others to lead. This Article draws upon principles of social justice lawyering, which acknowledge that lawyers have a fiduciary duty to create equal justice under the law. It combines these frameworks with leadership theoretical perspectives since there is a dearth of research available on the role of lawyers as leaders in the context of social change. Another framework that informs this new type of lawyering is public policy advocacy. The combination of social justice lawyering practices, leadership skills, and public policy advocacy is referenced in this Article as the three pillars of “new social justice lawyering.”

Keywords: social justice lawyering, collaborative lawyering, change-oriented lawyering, social engineering, rebellious lawyering, transformational leadership, servant leadership, community organizing, public policy advocacy

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Tyner, Artika R., Planting People, Growing Justice: The Three Pillars of New Social Justice Lawyering (April 12, 2013). Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, Vol. 10, p. 219, Summer 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2302653

Artika R. Tyner (Contact Author)

University of St. Thomas School of Law ( email )

Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.stthomas.edu/law/facultystaff/faculty/tynerartika/

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