The Bar: Serving ThePoor

THE BAR

Lawyers all agree that poor people are entitled to an attorney when they get into trouble. But how to get lawyer and litigant together? Many people do not know of their rights, and the American Bar Association's Canons forbid lawyers to solicit employment.

That dilemma was posed in Washington last week at the first National Conference on Law and Poverty, attended by 500 U.S. jurists and lawyers. President Johnson's anti-poverty administrators suggested that lawyers should step in and help the poverty program by seeing to it that the poor are given a fair shake by everybody from slumlords to loan sharks....

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