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2006

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

Social justice

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Looking For Justice On A Two-Way Street, Nancy L. Cook Jan 2006

Looking For Justice On A Two-Way Street, Nancy L. Cook

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

The unstated truth about lawyer-community “collaborations” is that lawyers, by and large, do not intend to bridge the gap between the powerful (themselves included) and poor communities by giving up their apparent privileges and taking advantage of what communities would have to offer if they did. Access is therefore generally presumed to go in one direction. Lawyers seek to give client populations access to the halls of political and economic power, but they do not think in terms of providing judges and the economically privileged access to financially under-supported communities. In these pages, I look at the contemporary notions of ...


Revolutionary Lawyering: Addressing The Root Causes Of Poverty And Wealth, William P. Quigley Jan 2006

Revolutionary Lawyering: Addressing The Root Causes Of Poverty And Wealth, William P. Quigley

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

It is true that lawyers are rarely revolutionaries. In fact, the idea may seem like an oxymoron (like corporate ethics), but some people are, and others can be, revolutionary lawyers. Our profession is, at the core of its practice, the primary profession world-wide that protects and defends the machines, computers, profit motives and property rights so rightly condemned by Dr. King. We use our training, wealth, and position in society to facilitate commerce without conscience, to accumulate wealth without responsibility, and to serve the needs of corporations over and above the rights and needs of people. Yet still, some lawyers ...


Post-Welfare Lawyering: Clinical Legal Education And A New Poverty Law Agenda, Juliet M. Brodie Jan 2006

Post-Welfare Lawyering: Clinical Legal Education And A New Poverty Law Agenda, Juliet M. Brodie

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

Ours is the “post-welfare” era, and it is ripe with opportunities for poverty lawyers to shape a new poverty law agenda. This era is characterized by the millions of former welfare recipients who entered the wage-labor force, and by a new public dialogue about post-welfare poverty. Journalists, social scientists, and policymakers have been watching these “welfare leavers,” assessing their labor market participation, their “success,” and their economic well-being. Together, these observers and actors have created a new academic, political, and cultural terrain on which American poverty is debated and constructed—one where “the working poor” has replaced “the welfare recipient ...