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Bearing Witness: Legal Services Clients Tell Their Stories

  • Brennan Center for Justice
Published: May 1, 2000

What do legal services lawyers do? In each case, these clients — individuals and families with no place to turn and no hope at all — describe the creative and persistent efforts of their legal services champions to cut through injustice and establish compliance with the rule of law. Deportation, it turns out, was not inevitable. The school system could provide a decent learning opportunity after all. Medicaid would cover needed treatments and gear. And ancestral land could be reclaimed. As the clients speak, they illuminate the fundamental role of legal services lawyers — as allies with technical expertise and keen loyalty, these lawyers are changing lives.