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Who's in Charge Anyway? A Proposal for Community-Based Legal Services


Raymond H. Brescia


Albany Law School

Robin Sabrina Golden


Yale University - Law School

Robert A. Solomon


University of California, Irvine School of Law

1998

Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. 25, p. 831, 1998
Albany Law School Research Paper

Abstract:     
The “modern” era of the provision of legal services to low-income communities can be traced back to the 1960s, although legal services have been offered to the poor in the United States have for over a century. This modern era has been marked by external, political threats to these services, particularly from elected officials in Washington, D.C., as well as an internal critique, one that questions the legitimacy of the legal services approach, one typified by individualized services provided to discrete individuals.

In this article, the authors re-examine this service mode, its benefits and deficiencies. They argue that the individualized service model does not represent the best delivery model for such a finite resource as legal services. They argue that legal services programs can improve the quality of their services by establishing community-based programs that emphasize closer links with community groups and community institutions. By moving in this direction, legal services programs will be better situated to mobilize community resources and reflect community priorities.

A community-based program will avoid the top-down, lawyer-dominated priorities that the authors believe exist today.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 33

Keywords: Low-Income Communities, Legal Services, Community-Based Legal Services

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Brescia, Raymond H. and Golden, Robin Sabrina and Solomon, Robert A., Who's in Charge Anyway? A Proposal for Community-Based Legal Services (1998). Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. 25, p. 831, 1998; Albany Law School Research Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1658490

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Raymond H. Brescia (Contact Author)
Albany Law School ( email )
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

Robin Sabrina Golden
Yale University - Law School ( email )
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
United States

Robert A. Solomon
University of California, Irvine School of Law ( email )
535A Administration
Irvine, CA 92697-1000
United States
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