Luz E. Herrera, JD ’99
Luz Herrera is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Education, Texas A&M University School of Law.
Herrera was born in Tijuana to Mexican parents and grew up in the Latino neighborhoods of Los Angeles. After graduating from Harvard Law School, she worked in the real estate department of an international corporate law firm in San Francisco for two years before opening a solo law practice in working class Compton, California. She continued that work for seven years before becoming a full-time law professor and teacher. During that period she also established Community Lawyers, Inc., a non-profit organization providing low-cost legal help for poor and working people in Compton.
As a faculty member, she held roles as Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and Visiting Clinic Professor at UC Irvine’s School of Law before becoming Assistant Dean for Clinical Education, Experiential Learning, and Public Service at UCLA School of Law in 2014. She joined Texas A&M in 2016.
Her academic work is focused on connecting law students with low-income people and communities and helping prepare law students to be independent community lawyers. Her professional expertise is focused on experiential learning, clinical legal education, law firm incubators, and professional responsibility.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Hispanic Bar Foundation’s Academic Leadership Award; Top 100 Attorney in California, and being named by the ABA Journal as one of the top 25 Legal Rebels.
Her professional activities include serving as a special advisor to the ABA Special Committee on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities and as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation; and member of the California State Bar Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform II. She is the author of numerous publications. A full list of her publications and professional activities may be found here.
Herrera received her undergraduate degree in political science at Stanford. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1999.