Annie Kim, Assistant Dean for Public Service; Director, Program in Law and Public Service; Director, Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center; University of Virginia School of Law


  • Learn the lessons of community lawyering and how the model applies to local governments
  • Create a plan to implement community lawyering principles in your work


“Community lawyering is an approach to law practice that is focused on disrupting the status quo and promoting social change” (Kashyap, 2019).  A common thread that connects all varieties of community lawyering is the vision of clients as members of communities with shared experiences who have the capacity to participate in, contribute to, shape, inform, or lead efforts to effect systemic social change (Kashyap, 2019). In part 1, Annie shares wisdom from community lawyering that can be easily applied to local government’s mission to engage with the community by building relationships.