The Law: Success or Excess?

The biggest victories in the Government's fitful war on poverty have been won by 1,950 young attorneys who constitute the Office of Economic Opportunity's legal services program. Their accomplishments range from winning rent-strike rights for tenants in Washington, D.C., to the expansion of welfare services nationwide. Such a record hardly seems to call for the firing of the program director, Terry Lenzner, and his deputy, Frank Jones. But that is exactly what happened (TIME, Nov. 30). Now the OEO legal services division is full of deepening suspicion that the firing was a clear sign the Administration intends to gut the program.

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