December 1, 1982
Contains a great synopsis of LSC research done up to 1982, and outlines research issues for the future.
Presented at the December 1-2, 1982 “Wisconsin Conference” entitled “Research on Legal Services for the Poor and Disadvantaged: Lessons from the Past and Issues for the Future”, Disputes Processing Research Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.
Questions posed (largely verbatim from page 2 of Introduction of attached report):
- Should legal services attempt to provide aggressive and independent advocacy to poor people, including the full scope of representation accorded to those who can afford an attorney? Or, should legal services provide limited individual casework for those morally deserving… on a few types of acceptable legal problems…?
- Should legal services principally be a judicare program or a staff attorney program?
- Should the LSC fund a national and state support system, including national and state support centers, the national clearinghouse, national training and technical assistance, or should these be the responsibility of the private sector?
Social science research will have little, if any, effect on the resolution of these policy issues. Instead, resolution of these short-term issues will be dependent upon the ability of legal services to prevail in the political arean and on whether practical and philosophical arguments ultimately persuade decision makers about the need to maintain an aggressive, independent program.
The paper has a great synopsis of LSC research done up to 1982.
PUBLICATION DETAILSFormat: Research
Publication Type: Literature Review, Presentation
Geographic coverage, US: NATIONAL
Topics: Legal Needs | Measurement | History of Legal Aid | Research Agenda
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