The Law: Corporation for the Poor

For years the young lawyers of California Rural Legal Assistance had been a cactus under conservative Governor Ronald Reagan. But lately they seemed to have come into their own. When Edmund Brown Jr. replaced Reagan, he appointed three former C.R.L.A. lawyers to top state jobs. More recently, C.R.L.A. won a major legal victory abolishing use of the hated short-handled hoe that ruined the backs and health of many farm workers. Nonetheless, C.R.L.A. is currently deep in gloom. Reason: money. Last week all 48 C.R.L.A. lawyers, as well as the rest of the staff, took pay cuts in a desperate attempt to...

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