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Race-Conscious Community Lawyering

Practicing Outside the Box

By Tammi Wong

When developing a race-conscious practice while working with nonwhite client communities, attorneys should consider adopting a community-laywering approach to their advocacy. Through collaboration, attorneys can help diverse population groups build their own resources and capacities to advance their own interests in a self-directed manner. A recent project with the Hmong community in California illustrates how community lawyering can be the best way for an advocate to provide legal assistance in a culturally competent manner.

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