The Institute's theory-practice method, in which law students wrestle with abstract theory while engaging in full-time practice, shows law students how combining theory and practice can lead to both personal fulfillment and critical lawyering.
Institutions like Social Change can play an important role in this-providing a forum for sharing ideas and strategies, questioning prevailing wisdom, and reminding us of the importance of bringing the ideas on the page to practice.
Moreover, to the degree thatlawyers directly involve themselves in social change work, to that degreethey adversely affect the implementation of social change: sustainable social change requires the mobilization of masses of "ordinary" people who achieve change for themselves, not "experts"
Finally, the Review of Law & Social Change should remember that it is building community between humans across space and over time.
Humans are frail, weak, irrational, and insecure. But they are also beautiful, kind, thoughtful, and strong. At their worst, they are automatic flesh robots. At their best, they are dynamic, biological thinking machines.So what is the law student? She is
Now, just as in 1969, Social Change remains committed to providing a forum for progressive legal thought and to promoting work that bridges the gaps between page and practice.
My theory, and the theory behind Broken Lives from Broken Windows, is that the combined economic and legitimacy costs of aggressively policing minor offenses undermine the efficacy of policing social order to reduce crime.
The Review is truly a bridge from page to practice because the ideas that come alive on its pages have blossomed into creative solutions that have been put into practice.
Journals make a difference in shaping both policy work and litigation. Practitioners often search journals to find new ideas, to gain an understanding of what is being done on a particular problem, or to determine whether an approach has merit.
Other Issues in this Volume
- Teach Your Children Well: Proposed Challenges to Inadequacies of Correctional Special Education for Juvenile Inmates
- Barred from Bankruptcy: Recently Incarcerated Debtors In and Outside Bankruptcy
- Law Enforcement and Intelligence Gathering in Muslim and Immigrant Communities After 9/11
- Because of Intersex: Intersexuality, Title VII, and the Reality of Discrimination "Because of . . . (Perceived) Sex"
- Using Laws Designed to Protect as a Weapon: Prosecuting Minors under Child Pornography Laws
- Chalimony: Seeking Equity Between Parents of Children with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses
- Gay-Straight Alliances and Sanctioning Pretextual Discrimination under the Equal Access Act
- A Penny Saved Can Be a Penalty Earned: Nursing Homes, Medicaid Planning, the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, and The Problem of Transferring Assets
- Sex on the Brain: Adolescent Psychosocial Science and Sanctions for Risky Sex
- Ain't I a Parent: The Exclusion of Kinship Caregivers from the Debate over Expansions of Parenthood
- Intra-Group Preferencing: Proving Skin Color and Identity Performance Discrimination
- Debts, Disasters, and Delinquencies: A Case for Placing a Mandatory Force Majeure Provision into Consumer Credit Agreements