Cross-cultural competence is a critical component of client-centered and community-based advocacy. This panel will discuss the need to more deliberately integrate issues of identity and cross-cultural lawyering into the transactional and non-litigation space. Specifically, the panel will explore the importance of and challenges surrounding teaching these issues in clinical, externship and trial advocacy programs. Additionally, the panel will examine how transactional, community-based practices can expand our notions of social justice and provide opportunities for our clients’ generative learning. The presentation will include a mock class presentation, teaching recommendations, and an overview of the benefits, risks and challenges of embracing how identity and community influence experiential learning and, ultimately, legal practice.
TJC is profoundly grateful to our two partner firms in the John B case: Kirkland & Ellis and SNR Denton. These firms have made extraordinary commitments of time and resources in helping TJC stand up for the rights of children