The Organization of Public Interest Practice: 1975-2004
32 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2010
Date Written: June 1, 2006
How have public interest law firms changed during the thirty years addressed by this empirical study? How are they financed, what is the nature of the work they perform, what causes do they represent, and what personnel do they employ? We find notable shifts in the organizational structure and practice of these firms over these three decades. The major transformations we observe are: (1) growth in average organizational size, (2) organizational rationalization similar to that observed in private sector law firms and law departments, (3) a shift from single issue and single (legal) function to multiple issue and multiple service/function, (4) more reliance on government support and restrictions on firms that choose to accept government funds.
Keywords: public interest law, legal profession, historical change
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