Luz Herrera

Luz Herrera
Luz Herrera
Associate Professor of Law
J.D. Harvard Law School;
A.B. Stanford University
Phone: (619) 961-4266

An attorney and a community innovator, Professor Herrera recently launched the Small Business Law Center at TJSL. Before entering academia, she ran a solo law practice in Compton, California. She is also the co-founder and board president of Community Lawyers, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides low and moderate-income people access to affordable legal services and develops innovative opportunities for attorneys and law students in underserved communities. CLI facilitates the provision of affordable legal services to underserved communities through community legal education and self-help legal clinics staffed by a network of volunteer attorneys and non-attorney volunteers that support their efforts.


Professor Herrera is pioneering a model to support public spirited, entrepreneurial lawyers in their efforts to launch successful law practices that assist clients and seek to strengthen communities. Her efforts are informed by her service with other organizations that have a pulse on legal service delivery in California and across the United States. She currently serves on the American Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee, the board of California Rural Legal Assistance and the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act Implementation Committee.


With her invaluable ability to connect with persons at all levels of national leadership and challenge the existing legal services paradigm, Professor Herrera brings innovative ideas to address the access to civil justice gap and calls for the inclusion of all sectors of the profession in a new legal services paradigm. She is leaving her mark in the legal profession and throughout communities nationwide.


Courses include:

Small Business Law Center Clinic, Small Business Clinical Seminar, Professional Responsibility.



Training Lawyer-Entrepreneurs, 89 Denv. U. L. Rev. 887 (2012)

Rethinking Private Attorney Involvement through a "Low Bono" Lens, 43 Loy. L. Rev. 1 (Fall 2009)

Reflections of a Community Lawyer, The Modern American, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Pages 39-45 (Summer - Fall 2007)

Challenging A Tradition Of Exclusion: The History Of An Unheard Story at Harvard Law School, 5 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 51 (2002)


  • April 8, 2014
    In honor of its second year, The Center for Solo Practitioners held its annual open house.   “The Solo Practitioners Open House on...
  • March 7, 2014
    Congratulations to TJSL Professor Luz Herrera for being named as one of San Diego's 2014 Young Influentials by The San Diego Source Daily...
  • February 18, 2014
    This year’s Barristers Ball held on February 14 on the USS Midway was a major success with over 500 people attending.   “I want to...
  • January 15, 2014
    January 13, 2014 marked the first day of the second session of the TJSL Center for Solo Practitioners Incubator Program.   This program is...
  • Employee Rights Self-Help Clinic
    July 15, 2013
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s newest free legal clinic opened on Saturday, July 13, with a group of clients hoping to find a way to right...