independently funded and governed Lawyers' Committees operate
in Boston; Chicago; Denver; the District of Columbia; Jackson,
Mississippi; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; and San Francisco.
The local Committees provide a unique range of resources
and representation that help to advance the cause of equal
justice under law.
The local Lawyers' Committees address many of the same issues
as the national Lawyers' Committee: voting rights; employment
discrimination; fair housing and community development;
environmental health and justice; and educational opportunity.
Each local Committee also has taken on other issues that
reflect community needs and the priorities set by its board
and staff. Local Lawyers' Committees represent children
in poverty, provide pro bono legal services to low-income
people, represent applicants for asylum and refugee rights,
protect the rights of people with disabilities, and provide
public policy advice to state legislators on issues affecting
minorities and low-income people - among other subject areas.
The staffs of the national Lawyers' Committee and the nine
local Lawyers' Committees share information about achievements,
ongoing work, and future priorities in regular meetings.
The Committees inform each other about work that might affect
legal strategies in other areas. They form partnerships
for specific litigation that spans geographic boundaries,
and they work together on national and state public policy
issues. The national Lawyers' Committee works effectively
with the local Committees to strengthen what is already
the largest network of private lawyers in America directed
primarily to civil rights issues.