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Making the Case: Legal Services for the Poor

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Publication Date: January 1999

Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice

Funder(s): Ford Foundation; Open Society Institute

Funder(s): Ford Foundation; Open Society Institute

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Civil Legal Aid; Civil Justice; Justice

Type: Report

Coverage: Maryland

Abstract:

Written through the lens of Maryland’s Legal Aid Bureau, Making the Case provides a 360-degree examination of many of the inspiring and infuriating aspects of how our nation does, and does not, provide civil legal assistance to its weakest members. It tells a political story, profiling attacks by foes of legal services, including the highly controversial restrictions Congress imposed on the Legal Services Corporation. And most importantly, the Access to Justice Series provides readers with personal stories of individuals and communities, often the poorest among us, whose lives are made better by the work of dedicated legal professionals across the nation.