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Instituting a Race-Conscious Practice in Legal Aid

One Program's Effort

By Mona Tawatao, Colin Bailey, Gary F. Smith & Bill Kennedy

Disparate treatment on account of race and ethnicity persists, and legal aid advocates regularly confront the effects of such disparity on their clients. Recognizing the pervasiveness of social and institutional racism, Legal Services of Northern California developed a programwide, race-conscious approach to advocacy through its Race Equity Project. The lessons learned from this effort offer both a race-based lens through which to view a legal aid practice and a road map for other legal aid programs in adopting their own, similar projects.

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