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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite
The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice by Dr. Artika R. Tyner presents ‘growth of justice,’ using the Banyan tree as a metaphor. As the tree grows, new branches extend its support system. A leader should inspire people to make dreams a reality by connecting with others sharing similar passions. Lawyers are better placed to facilitate changes through public policy advocacy. Those lawyers, instead of advocates, can be called policy entrepreneurs; well known examples being Nelson Mandela or Mohandas Gandhi. Challenges facing the marginalized sections are too many and result in a justice gap between these sections and others, as well as a gap in access to resources. There is a need for leaders to take a stand and lawyers are in a good position to do so as they are better disposed to appreciate the cause, as well as being more exposed to the tools necessary to advance their cause.
With extensive references to past dissertations and notes, Dr. Artika makes a solid case for lawyers to be adjudged as the most competent to handle this facet of socio-legal responsibility. As the author mentions towards the end of the book, “... these policy reform campaigns represent the transformative power of planting people, growing justice. Through the exercise of leadership and lifting of their voices, community members in partnership with lawyers have leveraged their collective power to lead change.”