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)


    July 11, 2013
    The American Bar Association’s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division has presented TJSL’s Small Business Law Center (SBLC) with...
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    July 1, 2013
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  • Free Clinic
    June 17, 2013
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