We draw on the rich resources of our culturally diverse faculty, student body and staff to teach students how to represent clients and communities in ways that respect the cultural heritage and languages of clients. We explore the role that ethnicity, culture and language play in the attorney-client relationship and in designing effective strategies for successfully helping clients solve problems. To this end, we utilize a variety of approaches to build cross-cultural, cross-lingual competence by:

  • Teaching the Five Habits of Cross-Cultural Lawyering developed by CUNY Professor Susan Bryant and Yale Clinical Professor Jean Koh Peters
  • Training all students to work with interpreters
  • Exploring how issues of race and privilege shape representation