Gerald Lopez, regnant, rebellious, police brutality, legal representation reform


The author encourages progressive lawyers of New York City to adopt a more rebellious form of practice to combat police brutality while empowering the client and community. This comment analyzes legal representation of New York police brutality victims through the perspective of Professor Gerald Lopez's theory of rebellious lawyering. The comment first describes rebellious lawyering and includes criticism and discussion of other related theories. Next, the author discusses leading methods of representation used in New York City in police brutality cases and the regnant and rebellious characteristics of each method. The author finds that a more creative and rebellious method is necessary and suggests ways progressive lawyers can reshape their practices.



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