Gerald P. Lopez
Gerald P. López
|Occupation||Professor of Law|
|Known for||Rebellious Lawyering|
Education and early career
He served as a judicial clerk for Edward J. Schwartz, then joined three other attorneys in founding a firm specializing in criminal defense, civil rights litigation and community mobilization. They used criminal defense, immigration law, and personal injury cases to pay the bills and subsidize their civil rights practice, where the odds of winning were less. It was around this same time that he began teaching, also to support his civil rights practice.
Law students at Yale Law School have organized an annual public interest law conference called RebLaw, which was inspired by Lopez's book Rebellious Lawyering.
He has published many books about lawyers as problem-solvers. In Rebellious Lawyering he sought to develop a new vision of the progressive practice of law. He is an advocate of client-centered lawyering, rather than the traditional approach to law practice which sees the lawyer as all-knowing and the client as powerless and needing help. The client-centered approach sees lawyers as working with clients, rather than on their behalf. He believes that a lawyer should be knowledgeable about the culture and experiences of the groups that lawyer works with, and is an advocate of integrating the fields of law and sociology and anthropology.
As a result of his approach, he advocates for comprehensive and coordinated legal and non-legal problem solving in low-income, of color, and immigrant communities.
- Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano’s Vision of Progressive Law Practice (1992)
- Reentry Guide to New York City (2005)
- Streetwise About Money (2006)
- A Fair and Just Workplace (2006)
Rebellious Lawyering Institute
Professor López is a co-founder of the Rebellious Lawyering Institute. The Rebellious Lawyering Institute has sponsored three law conferences in New Mexico, in 2008, 2010, and 2013, and a fourth law conference at UC Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, California in 2014.
- Faculty profile, UCLA, retrieved 2015-01-20.
- MirandŽ, Alfredo (Sep 1, 2011). Rascuache Lawyer: Toward a Theory of Ordinary Litigation. University of Arizona Press. pp. 6–16, 104, 144–145. ISBN 9780816529834. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- López, Gerald (April 2004). "SHAPING COMMUNITY PROBLEM SOLVING AROUND COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE" (PDF). N.Y.U. L. Rev. 79: 59. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- "About RebLaw". Yale. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- "About the Rebellious Lawyering Institute". Rebellious Lawyering Institute. Retrieved 29 January 2015.