Finding Aid for the Edgar and Jean Cahn Papers (Coll. 5)

Summary Information

Repository
National Equal Justice Library
ID
NEJL.005
Title
Edgar and Jean Cahn Papers
Date [inclusive]
1953-1978
Creator
Cahn, Edgar S.
Creator
Cahn, Jean
Extent
2.8 Linear feet
Language
English

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Biography of Jean Camper Cahn and Edgar Cahn

Jean Camper Cahn was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1936. She devoted her career to social causes, a calling that was probably sparked by growing up in a family of activists. Her father, Dr. John Camper, a physician, founded the first chapter of the NAACP in Baltimore.

She began university at Northwestern and later transferred to and graduated from Swarthmore, then proceeded to earn an LL.B. at Yale Law School. While at Swarthmore, Jean Camper met Edgar Cahn and the two eventually married after graduating.

Jean Cahn died in 1991 from breast cancer, and up until her death, she continued to teach and practice law.

Edgar Cahn is the son of legal scholar Edmond Cahn and followed Jean at Yale Law School after earning a PhD in English at Yale. Edgar Cahn founded Time Bank, based on the concept of "time banking," conceived by Edgar while he was a fellow at the London School of Economics in 1987. Members of Time Bank earn Time Dollars for each hour they perform a community service. Some of these services include child care, helping students with homework and running errands for elderly neighbors. These dollars are then “banked” and can be exchanged for items or services by other members of the Bank. Some members can earn college tuition or a service such as yard work.

1964 saw the publication of the Cahns’ landmark article for the Yale Law Journal, “The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective,” which proposed a national system of legal services to the poor. Sargent Shriver, director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, was moved by the Cahns to establish the Legal Services Program, the first federally-funded national program of its kind. This program lasted until 1974 when it was replaced by the Legal Services Corporation. In 1972, the Cahns founded the Antioch School of Law which emphasized public interest law. The school used a clinic education model to train its students. They spent the first 2 weeks of the school year living with a poor family to familiarize themselves with the people they would be representing. The school was closed in 1988 but its legacy continues at the University of the District of Columbia’s Clarke School of Law where Edgar Cahn is Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

Edgar and Jean Cahn were pioneers in legal services and clinical legal education. Together and individually they helped shape the field of legal services as we know it today.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged into four series: 1: Legal Services, 2: Topical files; 3. General Legal and Research Files, 4. Personal files. Series 1: Legal Services, has two sub-series: Topical, and Legal Services Program, Office of Economic Opportunity - 1953-circa 1970s.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Georgetown University Law Library

111 G. Street NW
Washington, D.C., 20001
202-662-4043
specl@law.georgetown.edu

Rights

All rights reserved by Georgetown University Law Library unless otherwise noted.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Antioch School of Law.
  • Office of Economic Opportunity. Legal Services Program.

Subject(s)

  • Legal assistance to the poor--Connecticut--New Haven
  • Legal assistance to the poor--Louisiana--Baton Rouge
  • Legal assistance to the poor--Maryland--Baltimore
  • Legal assistance to the poor--Ohio--Cleveland
  • Legal assistance to the poor--United States
  • Legal services--United States
  • Poverty
  • War on Poverty

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Collection Inventory

Legal Services 

Journal articles by Edgar and Jean Cahn 

Box
1
Folder
10-13
Box Folder

"Implementing the Civilian Perspective - A Proposal for a Neighborhood Law Firm." - 1965 January 

1 10

"The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective" - 1964 July 

1 11

"What Price Justice: The Civilian Perspective Revisited" - 1966 

1

Legal Services Program, Office of Economic Opportunity - 1953-circa 1970s   33 folders

Box
2
Box
3
Box Folder

Instructions for preparing proposals for research, demonstration and training project grants. Draft. - 1964 November 30 

2 12

Law Students Civil Rights Research Council - 1964-1966 

Scope and Contents note

The Law Students Civil Rights Research Council (LSCRRC) was established in 1963 with chapters in law schools across the United States. Its mission is to promote discussion of civil rights.

Box Folder

Correspondence - 1964-1965 

2 13

Prospectus for Post-Graduate Program and Post-Graduate Internships - 1965-1966 

Scope and Contents note

Two drafts of the prospectus are included. It proposes a program to send recent law school graduates to civil rights attorneys in the South.

2 14
Box Folder

Local programs - 1963-1965, circa 1960s 

Scope and Contents note

This material pertains to the regional offices of the Legal Services Program.

2 15-25
Box Folder

Baltimore, "A Program for Legal Services to the Baltimore Poor" - 1965 

Scope and Contents note

This paper is a tentative proposal for a legal services program in Baltimore.

2 15

Baton Rouge correspondence - 1965 May 

2 16

Cleveland, Citizens Committee for an adequate Cleveland Community Action Program memorandum - 1964 December 20 

Scope and Contents note

This memorandum was written by Rev. Milan C. Brenkus and is addressed to the members of the Cleveland Council for Economic Opportunities. It expresses the Committee's disappointment in the performance of the Council and includes appendices.

2 17

Dixwell Neighborhood, New Haven, Connecticut - 1963-1964   5 folders

Scope and Contents note

The material in this file pertains to the Dixwell neighborhood in New Haven, Connecticut. Jean Cahn was the Neighborhood Attorney for the Dixwell office of the legal program of Community Progress, Inc. which was an umbrella organization that managed the funds that went to community programs in New Haven.

Box Folder

Case Illustration, March 2, 1963 

Scope and Contents note

This is a study of a case involving "T" family and specifically dealth with the oldest son's involvement with the Job Retraining Program.

2 11

Landlord-tenant meeting minutes, April 16, 1963. 

Scope and Contents note

These are the minutes to a meeting between fifteen families representing 29-35 and 52-54 Dickerman Street and Ross Realty Company property managers for the Estate of Jacob Levine.

2 12

"The Lawyer and the Saturated Service Approach: The Perrelli Family", 1960s. 

Scope and Contents note

This is an account written by Jean Cahn of a case involving the Perelli family and dealt with two issues: theft and bankruptcy. It was addressed to Marge Coleman.

2 13

Summary of Dixwell renewal, 1960s 

2 14

"You shove out the poor to make houses for the rich" 1960s 

Scope and Contents note

This is a New York Times Magazine article on urban renewal programs and features the neighborhood of Dixwell.

2 15
Box Folder

Durham Legal Assistance Program proposal - circa 1960s 

2 23

Proposal for post-graduate legal education program between North Carolina College Law School and Marquette University - 1965 

Scope and Contents note

This folder includes two letters and the draft proposal for a post-graduate training program administered jointly by the North Carolina College Law School of Durham, North Carolina, and Marquette University Law School in Wisconsin.

2 24

Los Angeles, Youth Opportunities Board of Greater Los Angeles "conversation piece" towards development of a legal services pilot project - 1964 August 

2 25

Memoranda - 1964-1968 

Scope and Contents note

Memoranda are addressed to or written by both Edgar and Jean Cahn.

2 26

Project Head Start information booklet - 1960s 

2 28

Communities in Action, volume 1, number 1 - circa 1966 

2 29

Articles and press releases - 1964-1965 

2 4
Box Folder

Crusade for Opportunity, application for Community Action Program - circa 1964 

2 3

Committee on Law and Poverty Recommendations - 1960s 

Scope and Contents note

These recommendations were submitted by Paul Johnston, Chairman of the Alabama State Bar.

2 5

Conference on Law and Poverty Planning Committee materials - 1960s 

2 6

Correspondence - 1964-1966   5 folders

2 7-11
Box Folder

Cahn, Edgar and Jean - 1965 

2 3

Miscellaneous individuals - 1965-1966 

Scope and Contents note

These correspondence is not addressed to either Edgar nor Jean Cahn. They deal directly with the business of the Legal Services Program of the OEO. Correspondents include Thomas Glasgow Smith, Chairman of the Democratic Party, Precinct 76; Herman Wilson, Regional Legal Services Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office of the OEO; and Jack Conway, Director of the Community Action Program of the OEO.

2 4

Cahn, Edgar - 1964-1965 

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence in this file are written to Edgar Cahn. This material was separated from other Cahn correspondence in the collection becaue it relates directly to his work with the OEO.

2 7

Cahn, Jean - 1965-1966 

Scope and Contents note

This is correspondence to and from Jean Cahn directly related to her time with the Legal Services Program of the Office of Economic Opportunity.

2 8-9

VISTA application tally and report - 1965 

3 3
Box Folder

Report of the Subcommittee on Regionalization of the Office of Economic Opportunity Legal Services Program - circa 1970 

3 1

"The Better War" - 1965-1966 

Scope and Contents note

This is a compilation of articles about the War on Poverty. US Government Printing Office

3 2

Working Group on Legal Services to the Poor - 1965, circa 1960s 

3 4-6
Box Folder

Correspondence from Jean Camper Cahn to Sargent Shriver - 1965 March 10 

3 4

Directory - 1960s 

3 5

Memorandum from Stephen J. Pollak - 1965 March 19 

3 6

Topical (subseries to legal services) 

Box
1
Box
2
Box Folder

The Legal Aid Briefcase, volume 22, numbers 3-4, and volume 23, numbers 1-2 - 1964 

1 14

Brochures - 1960-1964 

Scope and Contents note

Includes the 1963 annual report printed in brochure form, a table summarizing marriage laws in the U.S.

1 15

Summary of Conference Proceedings - 1963 

1 16

Publications list - 1963 

Scope and Contents note

This is a bibliography broken down into categories such as, "Of Interest to Everyone," and "Of Interest to Legal Aid Offices."

1 17

"Statistics of Legal Aid and Defender work in the United States and Canada" - 1963 

1 18

Journal articles, other authors - 1969-1966 

1 13

Journal Articles by Jean and Edgar Cahn 1964-1966 

Scope and Contents note

Item NEJL-005; "Implementing the Civilian Perspective - A Proposal for a Neighborhood Law Firm" (Jan. 1965) Item NEJL-005; "The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective" (July 1964), several copies, includes one galley with handwritten notes. Item NEJL-005; "What Price Justice: The Civilian Perspective Revisited" (1966)

1 10-13
Box Box

NLADA publications, 1960-1964 

Scope and Contents note

20 folders

1 2
Box Folder

The Legal Aid Briefcase, volume 22, numbers 3-4, and volume 23, numbers 1-2 

1 14

Includes the 1963 annual report printed in brochure form, a table summarizing marriage laws in the U.S. 

1 15

Summary of Conference Proceedings, 1963 

1 16

Publications list, 1963 

Scope and Contents note

This is a bibliography broken down into categories such as, "Of Interest to Everyone," and "Of Interest to Legal Aid Offices."

1 17

"Statistics of Legal Aid and Defender work in the United States and Canada," 1963 

1 18
Box Folder

"Selected Bibliography" - circa 1960s 

1 1

"Selected Readings in Law and Poverty" - circa 1960s 

Scope and Contents note

This bibliography was prepared for a course to be taught at the Georgetown Law Center on "Poverty and the Administration of Justice" (noted in introduction).

1 2

Clinical Education, excerpt from "Clinical Education for the Law Student" - 1973 June 6-9 

Scope and Contents note

This article was part of Working Papers prepared for the Council on Legal Education for Professional Responsibility (CLEPR) National Conference in Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania.

1 3

Solicitation letter, Committee on Civil Legal Aid of the Judicial Conference - 1964 January 15 

1 4

Letter to the members of the Philadelphia Bar Association - 1966 July 13 

Scope and Contents note

This letter includes a call to pledge volunteer hours in Community Legal Services, Inc.'s effort for access to justice.

1 5

Conference materials, 1954-1965 

Scope and Contents note

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare

1 6-8
Box Folder

Extension of Legal Services to the Poor - 1964 November 12-14 

Scope and Contents note

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare

1 6

Report on the National Conference on Juvenile Delinquency proceedings, June 28-30, 1954 

1 7

National Conference on Law and Poverty, June 23-25, 1965 

1 8

Correspondence - 1964 December 1 

Scope and Contents note

This file includes a letter from Jean Cahn to Susan Ericson, Secretary to Gary Bellow.

1 9

Olivarez, Grace Gil, correspondence and legal material - 1953-1965 

Scope and Contents note

This material is related to Olivarez's time with the National Advisory Council on Poverty.

2 1
Box Folder

Walter E. Meyer Research Institute of Law correspondence and proposal - 1964 December 

2 2

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Topical files 

Antioch School of Law, 1971- 1978 

Scope and Contents note

This file includes memoranda, statements, and other material related to the administration of the law school.

Item NEJL-005; Article, "Antioch set to save D.C. law institute" Item NEJL-005; "Committee Structure of the Law School" Item NEJL-005; "Deans response to report of Curriculum Committee" Item NEJL-005; "Interim Report by Chairman of the Board of Visitors" Item NEJL-005; Legal Services Corporation grant application and Memorandum of Understanding Item NEJL-005; Notes Item NEJL-005; "Possible Recommendations for Study and Consideration" Item NEJL-005; Press release, "Urban law institute in Washington, D.C., to develop a 'teaching law firm' school under OEO grant" Item NEJL-005; Statements and speeches File NEJL-005; Memoranda

Box
4
Folder
27-38
Box Folder

Article, "Antioch set to save D.C. law institute," April 28, 1971 

4 27

"Committee Structure of the Law School" - 1973 November 26 

4 28

"Dean's response to report of Curriculum Committee," 1973 November 26 

4 29

"Interim Report by Chairman of the Board of Visitors," 1973 July 16 

Scope and Contents note

File contains two versions of the report.

4 30

Legal Services Corporation grant application and Memorandum of Understanding, 1976, 1978 

4 31

Notes, undated 

4 35

"Possible Recommendations for Study and Consideration," undated 

4 36

Press release, "Urban law institute in Washington, D.C., to develop a 'teaching law firm' school under OEO grant," 1971 September 16 

4 37

Statements and speeches, undated 

4 38

Memoranda, 1973 

Scope and Contents note

Contains 3 files: Curriculum; Miscellaneous; Women's Caucus regarding quality faculty.

Box
4:32-34
Box Folder

Curriculum 

4 32
Box Frame

Miscellaneous 

4 33
Box Folder

Women's Caucus regarding quality faculty. 

4 34

Paper, "Citizens Advice Bureaus," Statement of responsibility, Mildred Zucker, Executive Director of the James Weldon Johnson Community Center, 1964 

5 1

HARYOU-ACT, proposal for television station, 1965 April 

Scope and Contents note

HARYOU-ACT was a collaboration between Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited (HARYOU) and Association Community Teams (ACT). HARYOU was founded by Kenneth Clark in 1962, and sought to increase educational and employment opportunities for young African Americans in Harlem. In the mid-1960s, HARYOU merged with ACT.

5 11

Poverty issues, 1964-1966 

Box
5
Folder
12-16
Box Folder

Articles - 1964-1965 

5 12

"Publications of the Institute of Industrial Relations" 

5 13

Paper, "Advocacy for the poor," 1964 

5 14

Publications, 1966-1969 

Box Folder

Social Development: Key to the Great Society, HEW 1966 

5 15

This was Resurrection City, circa 1969 

Scope and Contents note

This was produced as a fundraiser for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

5 16

The National Literacy Program, 1965 July 22 

Scope and Contents note

Center for Community-Action Education

5 17

"The Social Make-up of the Harlem Park Community," undated 

Scope and Contents note

Donald S. Frank

5 18

Speech materials, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Items include both typed and handwritten drafts and notes. There is no indication as to who they belong to, though probably by one or both of the Cahns.

5 19

Commencement address by Sargent Shriver given at St. John's University, 1965 June 13 

5 2

White House Conference agendas, 1962-1963 

Box Folder

Ebony Magazine special issue, "The White Problem in America," 1965 August 

5 4

Legal clinics article, "Education for Professional Responsibility: The National Council on Legal Clinics," ABA Journal, 1960 October 

Scope and Contents note

Sacks, Howard R.

5 4

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 1965, undated 

Scope and Contents note

- Agendas, Civil Rights Law Institute - Correspondence - Lawsuit material, Scott v. Durham County Board of Public Welfare - Report, "The Role of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in the 'War on Poverty'

Box
5
Folder
5-8
Box Folder

Agendas, Civil Rights Law Institute, 1960s December 17-20; 1960s April 22-25 

Scope and Contents note

These events were held in Warrenton, Virginia

5 5

Correspondence, 1965 

5 6
Box

Lawsuit material, Scott v. Durham County Board of Public Welfare, 1965 

Scope and Contents note

This file includes correspondence and court papers related to the Scott v. Durham County Board of Public Welfare case.

5:7

Report, "The Role of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in the 'War on Poverty,' undated 

5:8

Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Agency publications, 1956-1957 

Scope and Contents note

- Annual Report, "It's happening in Baltimore!"; - Baltimore's Neighborhood Community City-Wide Civic Organizations

Box
5
Folder
9-10
Box Folder

Baltimore's Neighborhood Community City-Wide Civic Organizations, 1956 October 10 

Scope and Contents note

D'Alesandro, Jr., Thomas; Baltimore City Council; Baltimore (MD)

5 10

Annual Report, "It's happening in Baltimore!" 1957 

5 9

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General legal files, 1962-1994, bulk 1960s 

Box Folder

Conference material, 1965 and undated 

Scope and Contents note

Contains: - AALS Conference on Education for Professional Responsibility, List of Participants; - Symposium on The International Law of Human Rights program, Feb 1965

3 18-19

Journal articles, 1962-1963 

3 2--22
Box Folder

"Beyond the Ken of the Courts: A Critique of Judicial Refusal to Review the Complaints of Convicts" Reprint. YLJ, 1963 January 

3 20

"Zoning against the Public Welfare: Judicial Limitations on Municipal Parochialism" Reprint. March 1962. 

3 21

Miscellaneous authors, 1963-1965 

Scope and Contents note

Connable, Roma - Emerson, Thomas I. - Murray, Pauli - Reich, Charles A. -Black, Hugo

3 22

Memorandum in support of retaining the amendment to HR 7152, Title VII (Equal Employment Opportunity) to prohibit discrimination in employment because of sex, 1964 April 14 

3 23

Publications, 1964, 1994 

Scope and Contents note

-Congressional Record, 1964 - Excerpt from book, Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr

3 24-25

National Bar Association, 1966-1967, undated 

Biographical/Historical note

The National Bar Association was established in 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa, and represents the interestes of African-American lawyers throughout the United States.

3 26-29
Box Folder

Address by Sargent Shriver, NBA meeting in Detroit, Michigan.1966 August 4 

3 13

Newsletter, NBA Monthly Report, volume 1, number 1, 1967 September 

3 27

Draft of speech or statement, handwritten in pencil 

3 28

"The National Bar Association: Its Origin and Purpose," typewritten ms. 

3 29

Administrative Procedure Act text and memoranda, 1966-1967 

Scope and Contents note

One of the memoranda in this folder relates to the Freedom of Information Act.

3 7

American Bar Association, 1965-1967 

Box
3
Folder
8-17
Box Folder

Ballot for state delegate, 1966 March 25 

3 10

Conference material, 1965-1967 and undated 

Scope and Contents note

Conference material includes an address by Jean Camper Cahn and registrant list at the meeting of the Young Lawyers sections, and a pamphlet for the meeting of the Section of Mineral and Natural Resources Law.

3 11

Meeting minutes of the Executive Council of the Young Lawyers Section, 1965 August 10 

3 12

Memorandum from Sargent Shriver, 1960s 

3 13

Publications, 1965-67 

Scope and Contents note

This file includes the American Bar News (1965-67), Law Notes for the Young Lawyer (1965), and the Coordinator and Public Relations Bulletin (1965).

3 13-15

Recommendation Concerning Revised Standards for Civil Legal Aid and Defender Services, 1965 

3 16

American Bar Association Resolution, "Joint Resolution of the Committees on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and Lawyer Referral Service," 1965 February 

3 17

ABA Endowment life insurance application, 1960s 

Scope and Contents note

Ephemera, card stock

Box Folder

Article, "ABA to vote on its aid role in poverty plan," 1965 February 

Scope and Contents note

Washington Post, newspaper article

3 8

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Personal Files, 1957-1974 

Box
4
Folder
1-26

Correspondence addressed to Edgar and Jean Cahn, 1964-1970 

Box
4
Folder
1

Jean Cahn, 1953-1984, bulk 1960s 

Scope and Contents note

This file includes correspondence, writings, curriculum vitae, and other material.

Box
4
Folder
16-26
Box Folder

Articles about Jean Cahn, 1964-1965 

4 16

Biographical sketches and curriculum vitae, 1960s 

4 17

Correspondence, 1953-1969 

4 18

Department of State employment memoranda and information for appointee, 1964-1965 

4 19

Papers and class outline from Swarthmore College, 1957 

4 22

Term paper assignment, winter term 1984, Middlebury College 

4 24

Paper on Africa. Undated 

4 25

Photograph of Marylin 

Scope and Contents note

The photo is inscribed, "To my cousins Edgar & Jeane with love, Marilyn '58'"

4 26

Speech drafts, Undated 

4 28

Edgar Cahn 

Scope and Contents note

This file includes correspondence, writings, and curriculum vitae.

Box
4
Folder
2-15
Box Folder

Writings, 1950s, undated 

Scope and Contents note

This file is largely comprised of papers written while an undergraduate at Swarthmore. Also included is a collection of poetry both typed and handwritten. Contents: -Academic papers, Swarthmore College, 1959 and undated - Poems - Papers by unknown authors, probably Edgar Cahn -Biographical sketch and curriculum vitae, 1960s

4 1-15
Box Folder

Academic papers 1959 and undated 

4 10-13

Poems undated 

4 14

Papers by unknown authors, probably Edgar Cahn undated 

4 15

Correspondence, 1950s-1970s 

4 3-6

Humphrey, Hubert H. 1964-1965 

Scope and Contents note

2 letters, 1 folder

Cahn, Jean Camper, 1950s 

Scope and Contents note

Handwritten in pencil

Powell, Lewis, 1974 September 9 

Miscellaneous authors, 1963-1970 

Scope and Contents note

This file includes items written to and from Edgar Cahn. Shane, Joseph B. - Goldman, Sherwin M. - Dietel, William M. - Goodkind, Louis W.

Receipts, 1964 and undated 

Box Folder

"The Rights and Duties of Members of the Yale Law School,"undated 

Scope and Contents note

This appears to be a document distributed to Yale Law School students.

4 8

Testimony Presented before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Subcommittee on Executive Reorganization, 1968 May 15 

Box Folder

Biographical sketch and curriculum vitae 1960s 

4 2

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