Community Lawyering: Bridging the Gap Between Need and Greed

Wednesday, February 5th 2020

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


This webinar will cover the emergence of community lawyering as a new approach to providing legal services with the potential to address unmet needs that exist among traditionally underserved communities. The presentation will start with an introduction to what lawyers do and their theoretical role in society in relation to how they are perceived. It will then introduce participants to the traditional approach to legal services before introducing community lawyering as an alternative model. The remainder of the presentation will explain what community lawyering is and what it looks like, in order to help participants envision how social workers can play a role in facilitating the creation of community lawyer projects where they live and work. The presentation concludes with a list of organizations successfully engaging in community lawyering in both the Philadelphia area and nationally.


  1. Articulate the benefits of community lawyering within underserviced communities.
  2. Teach participants the key components of successful community lawyering.
  3. Help participants understand how they can assist community lawyering efforts.
  4. Encourage participants to consider and envision how they can establish community lawyering projects to benefit their clients and communities.

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 1 continuing education contact hours.”

1.0 CLE credits are pending for this event.

Please visit this page to acquire CEUs.



M. Zane Johnson, Esq

M. Zane Johnson, Esq. is the Founder and Managing Attorney of M. Zane + Associates — a small Philadelphia law firm that empowers families and individuals by providing access to affordable legal solutions. Prior to founding M.Z+A, Zane was the Managing Attorney at Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity where he led and developed initiatives that helped more than 1,000 Philadelphians obtain expungements, while informing thousands more about the stigma that accompanies criminal history record information. 

In addition to his work as an attorney, Zane facilitates conflict resolution workshops for justice involved youth and is a volunteer mediator with the Good Shepherd Mediation Program. He is also a non-profit board member of Art for Justice and Equal Access Legal Services. Zane earned his J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College.

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Karam Mounzer, MD

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Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.

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