query: combining organizing and legal strategies
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Tue Oct 30 09:37:31 CDT 2007
[ed: thanks to John for replying to Andrew's query.]
From: Joatlas at aol.com
For many years i ran a legal aid program that worked with activist and
community organizing groups like Acorn, citizen action. We also
Start programs and community development corporations etc.
Feel free to contact me at 973 7466239
National Housing Institute/Shelterforce Magazine
74 Clinton Ave.
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> From: Andrew Schoeneman <mistershoney at yahoo.com>
> I am looking for resources in the area of organizing combined with legal
> strategies. My organization is a legal aid program whose staff includes
> non-attorney organizers, including me.
> We are trying to clarify the relationships that exist between my
> employer, which is in essence a public interest law firm, and community
> groups to whom we provide community organizing support as well as legal
> advice and and even representation when necessary. One such group is in
> the process of formulating by-laws, electing officers, etc., and it
> seems like a good time to agree on the terms of this relationship.
> I suspect there are other organizations out there who combine legal and
> organizing strategies, and have at some point addressed the balance
> between the roles and responsibilities of being a lawyer/law firm and
> the practice and philosophy of organizing.
> I'd appreciate any responses either to the listserv or to me at
> andrew at justice4all.org.
> Andrew Schoeneman
> [ed: Rinku Sen's book, Stir it Up, has some case studies on integrating
> legal services and community organizing.]
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