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Reflections from the Bottom of the Well

Racial Bias in the Provision of Legal Services to the Poor

By Paul E. Lee & Mary M. Lee

Some clients and advocates of color feel that white-controlled legal services programs have avoided meaningful input by and power sharing with clients, have excluded advocates of color from the management and decisionmaking ranks, and have clung to outmoded advocacy strategies and service delivery methods–all of which have fostered racism in the legal services structure. This article discusses how the policymaking bodies in legal services have failed to address this problem.

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