The Law: Taxing the Public Interest

Few young Americans have done more to "work within the system" than a growing band of lawyers who toil overtime honing a new tool of social reform —the public-interest law firm. Convinced that established law firms have hired the nation's best legal minds to concentrate on serving rich corporate clients, the young lawyers have started their own firms to fight for consumer, conservation and other under-represented interests.

In little more than two years of operation, firms like Washington's Center for Law and Social Policy have scored courtroom victories against such giants as General...

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