A friend of my friend Errol tweeted a link to what she calls her manifesto. It is a long letter from Berkeley law professor Bill Quigley to a student. It covers a wide swath of advice on how not to lose sight of Justice while pursuing the intermediate goal of practicing law.
“The first thing I lost in law school was the reason that I
What a simple and powerful indictment of legal education and of our legal profession. It is also a caution to those of us who want to practice social justice lawyering.
Many come to law school because they want in some way to help the elderly, children, people with disabilities, undernourished people around the world, victims of genocide, or victims of racism, economic injustice, religious persecution or gender discrimination.
Unfortunately, the experience of law school and the legal profession often dilute the commitment to social justice lawyering.
Some headlines from the story include:
- SOCIAL JUSTICE LAWYERING IS COUNTER-CULTURAL IN LAW SCHOOL AND IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION
- SOCIAL JUSTICE LAWYERS BY THE THOUSANDS
- BE WILLING TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE
- NEVER CONFUSE LAW AND JUSTICE
- CRITIQUE THE LAW
- CRITIQUE THE MYTHS ABOUT LAWYERS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
- REGULARLY REFLECT
- PRACTICE, PATIENCE AND FLEXIBILITY IN ORDER TO
PREPARE FOR CHAOS, CRITICISM AND FAILURE
- JOY, HOPE, INSPIRATION AND LOVE