Poverty Law: Threat to the Ombudsmen

The young lawyers who run the OEO Legal Services Program see themselves as ombudsmen for the poor. As such, they do more than represent individual indigents in minor court actions. They also sue state and local governments on behalf of welfare recipients, migrant workers and other large groups of poor people. The growing success of such broad test cases may be measured by the opposition that has surfaced in the U.S. Senate.

"I object to the political involvement of a federally funded organization," said Senator George Murphy of California. In the same...

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