The Lawyer as Leader is an inspiring roadmap designed to help lawyers become effective agents for social change.
Based on author Dr. Artika R. Tyner’s leadership development and community engagement work, Planting People, Growing Justice™, the book shows how attorneys can use their legal skills to work for social change, contribute to communities that foster social justice, and empower and develop new leaders.
Planting people is an organic process, which starts from the ground up. By empowering people within social change collectives so that they can develop into future leaders, growing justice is the materialization of planting people. Like a Banyan tree which has a unique ability to grow upwards from new roots that are formed in branches, the collective grows when new community members utilize their voices to advocate for social change.
The Lawyer as Leader is beacon call for lawyers who wish to harness their skills and training to become leaders in the struggle for social and economic justice.
What Others Are Saying....
“This book speaks to lawyers whose passion for social justice will be ignited so that they can be true leaders of social change. Dr. Tyner not only gives us the vision for becoming effective social justice leaders but speaks to our souls to empower us to take those first steps to serve and transform communities."
--H. Wesley Sunu, Attorney at Law, Sentry Insurance
"The Lawyer as Leader: How to Use Your Legal Skills to Plant People and Grow Justice is a young lawyer's practical vision for empowering lawyers to stand in the great legal traditions of Gandhi and Mandela to motivate systematic change. It is a passionate call for the development of coursework in law schools and continuing education curriculum to train lawyers on the fundamentals of leadership that will target critical issues of justice. Dr. Tyner's work is foundational and necessary--not only for the practice of law but that of a more just society."
--Kao Kalia Yang, Author, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
"The law is often viewed as an obstacle to justice by change agents and activists. In this groundbreaking book Dr. Artika Tyner argues that this need not be the case and that lawyers are often leaders of social movements."
--Stephen Brookfield, John Ireland Endowed Chair, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Co-author Learning as a Way of Leading: Lessons from the Struggle for Social Justice
"Bearing in mind Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.’s famous admonition of the importance of “experience,” Dr. Tyner is providing a critically important and timely primer for lawyers as conscientious counselors to community by rolling back our sleeves and getting to work as leaders in our increasingly diverse society."
--Steve Hunegs, Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC)
"This book by Dr. Artika Tyner which is aimed at reinventing social justice lawyering and justice education in general is quite inspiring. It will be an important tool beyond the United States; particularly for us in Africa where the reforms in legal education have embraced social justice and public interest lawyering through clinical legal education."
--Olugbenga Oke-Samuel Senior lecturer & Coordinator Clinical legal education program Faculty of law, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria
"Many of themes about which you so eloquently write- servant leadership, social justice, and education and the law as agents for social change- are indeed close to my heart."--Reverend Dennis Dease, President Emeritus, University of St. Thomas.
Review from blog News Day, written by Mary Truck