Lawyers: Commandos into the Ghetto

For years, the brilliant young law yers of the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. were the constitutional commandos of the civil rights movement. L.D.F., as it is known, was the legal ramrod in arguing the rights of Negroes — most notably in the 1954 school desegregation decision, Brown v. Board of Education. But now that the legal beachheads have been established, the fund, which last week celebrated its 30th anniversary, is in the midst of an identity crisis.

In recent years, the fund has continued applying civil rights precedents...

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