This Workshop (which includes a Speaker Series) will immerse students in "rebellious lawyering" - the name given both to a particular vision of problem solving practiced by growing numbers of lawyers and to the broad movement championing this vision. Practitioners pursuing the rebellious vision aim to collaborate well with others, to frame and address problems from different perspectives, to design and implement a wide range of strategies, to monitor execution and enforcement, to evaluate the overall impact of strategic interventions, and to manage offices and organizations and systems. Uniting these key fundamentals, rebellious practitioners aspire to achieve a radically participatory and egalitarian democracy, where full citizenship is a concrete everyday reality and not just a vague promise.
Informed by the rebellious vision of problem solving, the Workshop aims to enhance the capacity to work ambitiously and effectively. Insights will be drawn from a range of roles lawyers fill and institutions within which they practice. The Workshop will explore (1) the assumptions and aspirations of diverse practitioners defining their work rebelliously, (2) the on-the-ground abilities required of those approaching problem solving in this way, and (3) the challenges these practitioners present to conventional wisdom about the problem solving at the heart of legal education and the legal profession.
In past years, field projects have included a wide variety of litigation (immigration, police misconduct, employment discrimination); outreach, education, and mobilization campaigns (public health, fair wage and hours, financial literacy); institutional reform initiatives (prisons, schools, banks); legislative/lobbying efforts (human rights, economic development, juvenile and adult criminal justice); the production, publication, and distribution of community guides (Los Angeles Reentry Guide, Guide to a Fair & Just Workplace, Streetwise about Money).
This Workshop & Speakers Series is a graded, five-unit course, with attendance, active participation, weekly written reactions to readings, individual and team contributions to fieldwork projects, and a final individual paper all required. There are no prerequisites. The final paper can, with Professor López approval, satisfy the Student Analytic Writing Requirement, the Professional Responsibility Writing Requirement, and/or the Critical Race Studies Writing Requirement. The Workshop meets twice weekly, with additional times (including Fridays) reserved especially for fieldwork projects and, as necessary, for any speaker who cannot make our regular times or any simulation necessary to our work. Enrollment is limited and admission is by consent of instructor.
A 3 unit Law 510 Advanced Rebellious Lawyering Seminar is offered exclusively for students who have already taken the Rebellious Lawyering Workshop and Speaker Series Workshop. This seminar offers advanced training in the rebellious vision of problem solving. Enrolled students will be expected to help lead field work projects, to attend all Rebellious Lawyering Speaker events, to read advanced syllabus, to meet as needed with both field work teams and Professor López, and to submit a final paper. The final paper can, with Professor López approval, satisfy the Student Analytic Writing Requirement, the Professional Responsibility Writing Requirement, and/or the Critical Race Studies Writing Requirement. Enrollment is limited and admission is by consent of instructor.