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Columbia Law School

1993

Civil Rights and Discrimination

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Lawyers At The Prison Gates: Organizational Structure And Corrections Advocacy, Susan Sturm Jan 1993

Lawyers At The Prison Gates: Organizational Structure And Corrections Advocacy, Susan Sturm

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The rise of the public interest law movement ushered in an era of intense debate over the best way to provide legal representation to those unable to afford private counsel. This debate has involved two related dimensions of public interest representation. First, advocates and observers of public interest practice disagree over the proper role of lawyers acting on behalf of poor and underrepresented clients. They offer competing visions of representation spanning a continuum, from providing equal access to the courts for as many poor people as possible, to attacking the causes and effects of poverty and powerlessness.

The second dimension ...