Promoting Justice from the Inside: The Counseling Role of Local Government and School District Attorneys
New York Law School, Impact Center for Public Interest Law, Impact: Collected Essays on Expanding Access to Justice, 2016
13 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2019
Date Written: July 14, 2016
Local government attorneys have a critical role to play in promoting justice. School districts, cities, towns, counties and other local governments are responsible for providing many direct services to community members, including education, public assistance, child welfare, and law enforcement. They are subject to many complex federal, state and local legal requirements for providing these services. Local government attorneys frequently counsel local government officials on complying with these legal requirements, in conjunction with day-to-day operations, new policy development and responses to litigation. This essay discusses how local government attorneys can work with local policymakers to promote justice from inside government, including compliance with the United States Constitution and implementation of lawful policies that support the rights and needs of individuals and families.
Keywords: government lawyers, professional responsibility, local government, school districts, access to justice
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