Source: (2007) California Law Review. 95(5): 1829-1878.

Community lawyering is all about faith, faith in others and faith outside the law. ... '" CEDAD's work in Coconut Grove Village West, Overtown, and Liberty City illustrates the broad range of race-conscious legal and non-legal interventions open to lawyers working collaboratively with individual clients and client groups to aid low-income communities of color. ... These dilemmas create the backdrop for CEDAD's community lawyering decisions to offer assistance in Umoja Village, to mediate homeowner/tenant, victim/offender, and nonprofit development conflicts in Village West, and to introduce medical-legal advocacy resources in Overtown. ... Even when carefully crafted, race-conscious community lawyering runs the risk of encouraging an essentialist construction of racial identity and narrative in legal advocacy on behalf of communities of color. ... Debate over the content of client identity and narrative in advocacy is predicated on a fuller notion of autonomy than the standard conception of the lawyering process contemplates. ... Together they burden CEDAD's community lawyering decisions to offer assistance to the Umoja Village homeless squatters, to mediate the homeowner/tenant, victim/offender, and nonprofit conflicts in Village West, and to channel medical-legal advocacy resources to Overtown. ... The same identity-making and narrative practices materialize in assisting communities of color in combating poverty. (Abstract).