Rebellious Reflection: Supporting Community Lawyering Practice

43 N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change 403, 2019

26 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2019 Last revised: 3 Aug 2019

Date Written: August 1, 2018


This Article contends that lawyers who are trained in the skill of reflection are better equipped to engage in a social change-oriented approach to law practice called community lawyering. By conceptualizing reflection as a contemplative pedagogy, this Article will reveal a profound connection between community lawyering, reflection, and the contemplative law movement. The Article offers specific “rebellious” reflection-based pedagogies that can help practitioners and future lawyers: strengthen their capacity for deep self-awareness; interrogate the traditional lawyer-client relationship; sharpen their analysis of race, class, and power; and cultivate an understanding of how social change occurs. By presenting testimonials from new lawyers who have been trained in “rebellious reflection,” this Article underscores the potential of reflection to support a community lawyering practice rooted in self-awareness, compassion, and a commitment to working in solidarity with clients and communities in order to achieve transformative social change.

Keywords: reflection, community lawyering, rebellious lawyering, contemplative law movement, contemplative pedagogy, social change

Suggested Citation

Batra Kashyap, Monika, Rebellious Reflection: Supporting Community Lawyering Practice (August 1, 2018). 43 N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change 403, 2019. Available at SSRN:

Monika Batra Kashyap (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

98122 (Fax)

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