Community Lawyering

How can we effectively advocate for the communities we serve if we don’t work alongside them and enhance their power?

Move beyond your role as a legal aid lawyer and see yourself as a community catalyst, trusted advisor, and partner. The Shriver Center’s Community Lawyering training brings a new mindset to equal justice advocacy and provides concrete steps to build and sustain strong relationships among community members.

You’ll learn how to activate issues identified by the community, lead a successful advocacy and media campaign, and facilitate community leadership. We’ll share real-life examples from groups across the country. You can even organize this course in conjunction with your local community leaders and create a relationship building exercise. Working together, we can achieve real change.

Attorneys and Specialists

Ellen Hemley
Ellen Hemley
Ellen Hemley
Vice President of Advocate Resources and Training
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617.905.8302

Kimberly Merchant
Kimberly Merchant
Kimberly Merchant
Racial Justice Institute Director
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312.883.3369

Maha Syed
Maha Syed
Maha Syed
Senior Consultant

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