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Earl Warren Legal Training Program: Increasing Lawyers in the Black Community

Butler T. Henderson

Law
Political science
Legal profession
1981
THE BLACK LAW JOURNAL THE EARL WARREN LEGAL TRAINING PROGRAM: INCREASING LAWYERS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY Butler T. Henderson I. INTRODUCTION The Earl Warren Legal Training Program is the only national, privately supported, nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to increasing the number and quality of black lawyers in the United States. The program accomplishes this by enhancing the legal skills of young law school gradu- ates and others committed to the practice of civil rights law. The work of the Earl Warren Legal Training Program, along with the outstanding and equally important work of its counterpart-The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, provides the legal community with the opportunity to increase the number of its practitioners and provide badly needed services to a large segment of our population which has been long denied the benefits of ade- quate legal counsel. The documented lack of black lawyers in this country has compromised an evenhanded administration of justice. The Earl Warren Legal Training program was created to address this need. II. HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM When it was founded in 1972, the Earl Warren Legal Training Program was the successor to an integral part of the educational phase of the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The Legal Defense Fund, an organization with an established and respected record of remark- ably successful advocacy in the field of civil rights law, had the imaginative foresight to understand the need for more black lawyers. It set about to create an extension of the organization's own traditional battle, to safeguard and ensure equal justice, by securing funds to attract committed young black students to the study of law. The Legal Defense Fund carefully organized a program of law scholarships to help ease the financial burdens of black law students during the three years required for legal education. The Legal Defense Fund's Herbert Lehman Fund was established in 1963 to enlarge the promise of aspiring young black men and women who desired to enter law school and the legal profession. The Earl Warren Legal Training Program brought under a single structure the broad plan of legal education and support begun by the Legal Defense Fund. III. THE LAW SCHOLARSHIPS The law scholarships administered by the Earl Warren Legal Training Program have made it possible for black college graduates to enter law schools, graduate, and serve a segment of the population that is dispropor-
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