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)


  • Solo Practice
    May 21, 2012
    By Professor Steve Semeraro   The majority of lawyers work in law firms of 5 attorneys or less.  Historically, almost half of all attorneys...
  • Clinics Open House
    April 19, 2012
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law has several clinical programs, and they all teamed up for an open house event on April 18.  The Small...
  • EVA Breakfast
    February 23, 2012
    Professor Luz Herrera and two TJSL students appeared at the East Village Association’s Business Breakfast on February 22 to help spread the...
  • Luz Herrera Podcast
    February 1, 2012
    Professor Luz Herrera was interviewed recently by for the segment New Solo, on the benefits of new lawyers, solo...
  • Prof Herrera Appointed
    September 17, 2010
    Professor Luz Herrera of Thomas Jefferson School of Law has been appointed to the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act Implementation Committee....