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Encouraging Race-Based Advocacy in Legal Services Practice

By Charles Elsesser Jr. & JoNel Newman

Legal services programs need to recognize that their daily client intake involves numerous race-based discrimination claims, many of which go unidentified. Programs striving to improve their recognition of such claims and to encourage race-based advocacy should examine and strengthen four aspects of their programs: management commitment to furthering race-based advocacy, knowledge and training of their legal staff, contact with the minority client community, and awareness of Legal Services Corporation restrictions.

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