THE PEOPLE'S LAWYERS by Marlise James

THE PEOPLE'S LAWYERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

One of the purposes of this comprehensive survey of ""left lawyers"" and their organizations -- from civil libertarian Roger Baldwin of the ACLU and consumer advocate Ralph Nader to the more radical Mary Kaufman of the National Lawyer's Guild or San Francisco's movement defender Mike Kennedy or Sheila Okpaku, ""second nation"" proponent of Harlem's Community Law Office -- is ""to shatter the rather stodgy, touch-me-not image that most people in this country seem to have of lawyers."" Demystification of the law is a worthy goal and James, a youthful journalist with a cassette, succeeds quite well, letting the barristers hold forth (as is their wont) on pet ideas and projects. While not as engagingly written as Paul Hoffman's tour of the establishment law firms (Lions in the Street, KR, p. 490), this is the best review of the pro bono lawyers we have yet had.

Pub Date: Aug. 16th, 1973
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston