CRT2 S1 Ep3: Movement Lawyering in Law School


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In this episode of CRT2, we discuss movement lawyering and how its principles can be incorporated in legal education. Movement lawyering, also known as community lawyering, is a non-traditional approach to social justice lawyering that recognizes the limitations of relying on the law to bring about social change. Drawing from Critical Race Theory, movement lawyers acknowledge the role law has played in creating and perpetuating conditions of oppression. Considering this, movement lawyers learn from and work with communities and individuals impacted by these oppressive systems, instead of deciding the agenda for reform.

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Released: July 25, 2022

Length: 24:16


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Alejo Rodriguez is Project Director of Breakthrough in Abolition Through Transformative Legal Empowerment (BATTLE), an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School, and Chief of Curriculum & Storytelling at Zealous, an organization that trains and supports public defenders in partnership with local organizations and the people and communities they serve.

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Susan Sturm is the George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility and the founding director of the < a href="" target="_blank">Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School. Her work focuses on inequality, discrimination, remedying racial and gender bias, criminal justice reform, lawyer-leadership, and the role education can play in creating social change and a more inclusive world.


Written, edited and produced by Joo-Hee Kim, Gavin Coyle and Maneka Khanna.


Marbre Stahley Butts, Lawyering for Liberation: Movement Lawyering and Black Lives Matter, UCLA School of Law, Lecture Webcast (March 8, 2021).
Jeena Shah, Social Justice Lawyering Teach In, Rutgers Law School, Webcast (June 24, 2020).


Marbre Stahly-Butts ’13 on Movement Lawyering for Black Lives, YLS Today (February 7, 2020).
Community Justice Project, Purvi and Chuck: Community Lawyering, Community Justice Project (June 15, 2010).
Crissy Holdman. Professor Jeena Shah on Movement Lawyering and Building Power Through Organizing, CUNY School of Law (February 17, 2021).

Academic Literature:

Amna Akbar, Sameer M. Ashar, and Jocelyn Simonson, Movement Law, 73 Stanford Law Review 821 (2021).
Betty Hung, Movement Lawyering as Rebellious Lawyering: Advocating with Humility, Love and Courage, 23 NYU Clinic Law Review 663 (2017).
Amna Akbar, Toward a Radical Remagination of the Law, 93 NYU Law Review 405 (2018).


Law and Race | Legal Education | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social Justice

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CRT2 S1 Ep3: Movement Lawyering in Law School