This article does two things: it articulates a vision and it lays out a specific blueprint. The core of the vision regards legal representation as "a form of enfranchisement, as an attempt to institutionalize the functions of dissent and criticism, and as a means of revitalizing the democratic process." This explains why the article triggered a movement that was perceived as going beyond the orthodox delivery of legal aid. While others legislate or purport to breath life into the democratic process, lawyers, in their unique role as advocates, discharge a constitutionally protected role. And in light of the retaliation to which the legal services program was and is subjected, the First Amendment status accorded legal representation has had critical survival value.
Edgar S. Cahn & Jean C. Cahn,
The War On Poverty: A Civilian Perspective,
U.D.C. L. Rev.
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