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)


  • Professor Herrera Honored
    January 23, 2013
    TJSL Professor Liz Herrera has been honored by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of its “Emerging Scholars Class of 2013 - 12, rising...
  • Prof Herrera COLPM Induction
    November 2, 2012
    TJSL Professor Luz Herrera was inducted into the College of Law Practice and Management on October 27 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.   It is...
  • Incubator Program
    November 1, 2012
    Patrick Long ’10 was the first lawyer to move into his office at Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s new Center for Solo Practitioners on...
  • Luz Herrera Honored
    October 10, 2012
    TJSL Professor Luz Herrera has been named as a finalist in the San Diego Business Journal’s 19th Women Who Mean Business Awards.  One-...
  • Top Attorneys
    July 31, 2012
    The eight Thomas Jefferson School of Law professors named as "Top Attorneys" by the San Diego Daily Transcript in its annual peer voting...