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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 ...