Karen L. Loewy


This Note explores the significance, legitimacy and methodology of lawyering for social change. It begins by examining lawyers' motives for entering into such work and the theoretical approaches toward political lawyering and the methodologies employed to effect change. It raises the question of whether it is justifiable for a lawyer to drive social change specifically considering his unique access to the legal system. The Note concludes that it is entirely legitimate for a lawyer to engage in work for social change in order to ensure that the rights of all people are protected whether through litigation, public education seminars, rallies, lobbying or writing for scholarly journals.