Luz Herrera is the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education, Experiential Learning, and Public Service at UCLA School of Law. Assistant Dean Herrera earned her A.B. in Political Science and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. After law school, Herrera worked as an associate in the real estate department of an international corporate law firm. In 2001, Herrera started her law practice, representing low- and moderate-income clients with civil legal needs in the areas of real estate, estate planning, and family law.
Before arriving at UCLA School of Law, Herrera was a visiting clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and a Senior Clinical Fellow at Harvard Law School. She was also a visiting professor at Chapman Law School, where she taught courses in Corporations and Wills & Trusts, as well as a seminar on Access to Justice. In 2008, Herrera was appointed Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she taught Access to Civil Justice, Community Economic Development, Professional Responsibility, and Wills and Trusts. At Thomas Jefferson, Herrera developed a transactional clinical program called the Small Business Law Center (SBLC), and helped found The Center for Solo Practitioners, an business incubator program to help graduates understand how to establish and operate their own law firms to serve underserved populations. The SBLC was recognized in 2013 by the American Bar Association for the program’s emphasis on helping students understand themselves as potential lawyer-entrepreneurs. Herrera was also a Visiting Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law for 2013-14. There, Herrera supervised students in the Consumer Protection Clinic and the Community Economic Development Clinic, as well as managed special projects for the California Monitor - a program of the Office of the California Attorney General providing oversight of the National Mortgage Settlement implementation.
Herrera’s public service work has been recognized over the course of her career with several awards, including: 100 Top Attorneys in California Recognition by the Daily Journal (September 2009); Cruz Reynoso Community Service Award from the Mexican American Bar Association (February 2011); LA Opinion Mujeres Destacadas Award (March 2011); and Emerging Scholars Award from Diverse Issues in Higher Education (January 2013). Her publications include: “Training Lawyer-Entrepreneurs,” 89 Denver University Law Review 887 (2012) and “Encouraging the Development of Low Bono Law Practices,” 14 U.Md.L.J. Race, Religion, Gender & Class 1 (2014).