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Alinsky's Prescription: Democracy Alongside Law, Barbara L. Bezdek Oct 2009

Alinsky's Prescription: Democracy Alongside Law, Barbara L. Bezdek

Barbara L Bezdek

This Article examines the import of the life’s work of Saul Alinsky—arguably the most prominent founder of contemporary organizing—to the content and methodologies of today’s legal education. I review the community organizing theory and practice of Saul Alinsky for its synergies and lessons on two approaches by legal theorists and educators working in law schools today — “community lawyering” and “social justice”education. These approaches embrace the special responsibility of the legal profession for the quality of justice in society[1] by extending the traditional conceptions of lawyers’ relationships with clients in ways that are informed by ...


Reconstructing A Pedagogy Of Responsibility, Barbara Bezdek Aug 2009

Reconstructing A Pedagogy Of Responsibility, Barbara Bezdek

Barbara L Bezdek

No abstract provided.


To Forge New Hammers Of Justice: Deep-Six The Doing-Teaching Dichotomy And Embrace The Dialectic Of "Doing Theory", Barbara L. Bezdek Aug 2009

To Forge New Hammers Of Justice: Deep-Six The Doing-Teaching Dichotomy And Embrace The Dialectic Of "Doing Theory", Barbara L. Bezdek

Barbara L Bezdek

This essay argues that the teaching-doing tightrope bemoaned among clinicians, while posing real tensions, is overdrawn. The asserted dichotomy is between the demands of teaching legal theory and of doing daily law practice for clients enmeshed in poverty. The dichotomy is misleading because the development of transformative legal theory arises repeatedly on the front lines of client work, and interdependently with the works of attentive scholars. Two bellwether cases, Goldberg v. Kelly and Javins v. First National Realty, illustrate the vital interdependence of justice-seeking scholarship and justice-serving representation of clients in challenging the reigning structure of legal rules and constraining ...


Reflections On The Practice Of A Theory: Law, Teaching, And Social Change, Barbara L. Bezdek Aug 2009

Reflections On The Practice Of A Theory: Law, Teaching, And Social Change, Barbara L. Bezdek

Barbara L Bezdek

No abstract provided.


Clinical Programs Of The University Of Maryland School Of Law, Barbara L. Bezdek Aug 2009

Clinical Programs Of The University Of Maryland School Of Law, Barbara L. Bezdek

Barbara L Bezdek

The University of Maryland provides 'clinical education' in two distinct ways, through its Clinical Law Office, and through its Legal Theory and Practice courses. For many years the Law School has operated The Clinical Law Office, one of the largest and longest-lived 'in-house' clinics in any law school in the United States. Students may elect to enroll in this course in the upper years of the law degree program. It is a year-long, intensive practice experience, under faculty supervision. Quite recently, the Law Faculty began the Legal Theory and Practice courses, which combine the study of doctrine and legal theory ...


The Cuny Law Program: Integration Of Doctrine, Practice & Theory In The Preparation Of Lawyers, Barbara L. Bezdek Aug 2009

The Cuny Law Program: Integration Of Doctrine, Practice & Theory In The Preparation Of Lawyers, Barbara L. Bezdek

Barbara L Bezdek

The CUNY Law Program differs markedly from every other law school in the United States. Founded in 1983, at a great, diverse, public university sprawling across New York City, its curriculum emerged from the Law School's mandate to rethink the traditional law school curriculum and develop approaches oriented toward public interest and public service law, with emphasis on clinical teaching methods. In this paper, the author provides a concrete description of the CUNY Program, and articulates the principles expressed by CUNY's extensive redesign of typical American legal education. Since it began in 1983, the CUNY Law Program has ...


"Legal Theory And Practice" Development At The University Of Maryland: One Teacher's Experience In Programmatic Context, Barbara Bezdek Aug 2009

"Legal Theory And Practice" Development At The University Of Maryland: One Teacher's Experience In Programmatic Context, Barbara Bezdek

Barbara L Bezdek

No abstract provided.