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The creation of the legal services programs of the war on poverty has focused attention on the deficiencies in the legal treatment of the poor. Despite general agreement that the poor need legal services, however, there has been a continuous debate over the control of the legal programs and the proper role of the poor in administering them. Behind the dispute over control is a difference of opinion about the goals of the legal services programs. Because these programs were established to help fulfill the policy of the Economic Opportunity Act of I964 "to eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty," the goals and means of the war on poverty should be a primary consideration in evaluating the programs.



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