The Future of Legal Services: The Arthur Liman Colloquium Papers
Yale Law and Policy Review, Vol. 17, No. 1, 1999
Posted: 25 Oct 1999
This collection of essays introduced by Professor Judith Resnik and student Emily Bazelon of Yale Law School discusses the ways in which the 1996 reductions in federal funding and the restrictions on the Legal Services Organization have affected representation of the poor. In exploring the post-restrictions landscape, the collection analyzes the legal issues raised, describes the experiences of legal services offices, provides historical context, and offers several suggestions for responses. For example, in 'Access to Justice and Civil Forfeiture Reform: Providing Lawyers for the Poor and Recapturing Forfeited Assets for Impoverished Communities', University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Louis Rulli considers the ways in which representation of defendants in civil forfeiture actions can serve as a model for clinical efforts. In 'Is Learning to "Think Like a Lawyer" Enough?', Yale Law School Professor Stephen Wizner argues that law schools need to help students engage with the moral questions in the distribution of legal services. In 'Poverty Lawyering in a New Millennium', University of Wisconsin Law School Professor Louise Trubek addresses the role law schools and fellowships can play in shaping our understanding of how to provide legal services to the poor. In 'Equal Access to Civil Justice: Pursing Solutions Beyond the Legal Profession,' University of Southern California Associate Dean Karen Lash, joined by attorneys Pauline Gee and Laurie Zelon, explores the need for community-wide involvement in providing legal services not only to the poor, but also to all segments of the public. The collection also includes essays by state and federal judges (The Honorable Denise R. Johnson, The Honorable Robert W. Sweet, The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham), lawyers from the public and private bars (Lawrence J. Fox, Gordon Bonnyman, Felix Lopez, Helaine M. Barnett, Catherine C. Carr, Alison E. Hirschel, David S. Udell, Alan W. Houseman), program administrators (Lorna K. Blake), and students (Robin S. Golden, Andrea Christensen Luby). Attorney Lewis Liman provides a foreward for these essays, published by the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program & Fund at Yale Law School.
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