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Race-Based Lawyering

Engaging Minority Communities in Legal Need Assessments

By Francisca D. Fajana

Given the dramatic growth in minority populations, their numbers in poverty, and the racial and ethnic inequalities they still endure, legal services advocates need to be more strategic in their assessments of community needs and more responsive to the particular legal needs of all constituents. The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute's Minority Rights Project conducted legal need assessments in which it engaged minority communities to learn more about their legal needs; the project now is addressing the legal needs identified.

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