Document Type

Article

Publication Title

California Law Review

Publication Date

2007

Abstract

Stories about law and social change can have a sameness to them. Yet in many ways, the tales told in this volume stand out from the crowd. Each story is shaped around a campaign undertaken by a community organization or coalition deeply engaged in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Attorneys appear as supporting players rather than main characters, seeking to help organizations build the power needed to achieve their goals. These lawyers translate information about the law into lay language, pressure opponents, defend the organization, open up spaces for community voice and action, and seek to establish new legal frameworks that demand greater government and corporate accountability to poor and working class people. Taken together, these stories suggest a promising vision for the role of lawyers in today's community-based battles for social change.

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