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A Challenge for Lawyers

What We Must Do to End Poverty and Reduce Inequality

By Peter Edelman

Looking ahead from 2008, we see both opportunities and challenges to which everyone in the advocacy community must respond. We must face and reverse the U.S. economy’s profound flaws that have become more entrenched as “good” jobs have disappeared. These economic changes have exacerbated racial disparities, especially the circumstances of young African American men, a huge proportion of whom are ensnared in the cradle-to-prison pipeline. The full-time advocate and the private bar must recognize each other’s strengths and collaborate.

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