Legal Aid: Champion of the Rural Poor

By almost any measure, Los Angeles Lawyer Jim Lorenz had every reason to be content. The son of an affluent Dayton, Ohio, architect, he had sailed through Harvard Law School with honors and social ease. He was admitted to the California bar in 1965, and be came a shining young legal light at O'Melveny & Myers, Los Angeles' largest law firm. But he was troubled. "I was just making more secure the people who already had security. It was like walking on wet sand and leaving no footprints."

Lorenz could not quite put...

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