Longtime UCLA law professor Gerald López,  author of Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano’s Vision of Progressive Law Practice (Westview Press, 1992), will speak about his advocacy on behalf of low-income, of-color and immigrant communities at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Frey Moot Courtroom of the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Gerald Lopez

Gerald Lopez

Over the past two decades, López has been one of the nation’s leading theorists about public interest law, progressive law practice and community problem-solving. He is a former professor of law at New York University and Stanford University.  López co-founded the Lawyering for Social Change program at Stanford and UCLA’s program in Public Interest Law and Policy, among the nation’s first curricula in public interest law. Since founding his own community-based law office in 1975, López has worked with diverse communities and problem solvers and has played central roles in economic initiatives, prisoner programs, re-entry programs, policy reforms, civil rights litigation, outreach and education and organizing campaigns, and research.

López’s talk, to be held in conjunction with the 100th-anniversary celebration of Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, is free and open to the public. A reception follows.

Those wishing to attend are asked to R.S.V.P. by e-mail to lawrsvp@stthomas.edu by Friday, Oct. 9. Free C.L.E. credits will be sought.