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Rediscovering the Organizations We Worked to Invent--How to Build an Environment and Culture that Support Affirmative Advocacy

By Ross Dolloff

All set to attach the root causes of poverty and strike down institutional policies that keep the low-income community from making progress, young advocates join legal services. Some attend advocacy skill courses—such as the Center for Legal Aid Education’s course on affirmative litigation and community lawyering—but experience difficulties and resistance from management when they try to integrate complex advocacy into their work situation. Legal aid program management needs to support and encourage affirmative advocacy with adequate resources, freedom to experiment, training and supervision, and a reinvigoration of the mission to eradicate poverty.

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