When Law Reform is Not Enough: A Case Study on Social Change and the Role that Lawyers and Legal Clinics Ought to Play

Based on his experience as a law student in the clinical legal education program at a community legal clinic, the author examines poverty law scholarship to better understand his frustrations with a public legal education (PLE) and law reform campaign he worked on related to refugee family reunification. In the author's view, law reform campaigns are too narrow, missing opportunities for movement building. The author also describes an alternative strategy for law reform - workshops on legal topics at the grassroots level using principles of popular education and game-based and theatre-based facilitation.