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Recovering Sargent Shriver’s Vision for Poverty Law

The Illinois FamilyCare Campaign and the Insight Approach to Conflict Resolution and Collaboration

By Jamie Price & Kenneth R. Melchin

Sargent Shriver hoped that legal services for the poor would entail more than “lawyer-made remedies.” He saw legal services as a way to bring about “workable justice.” The FamilyCare campaign of United Power for Action and Justice and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law exemplifies Shriver’s vision of attorneys collaborating with a community organization to bring about change through legislation, not the courts. The insight approach facilitates more such collaborations. 

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