Interview with Gary Bellow on the Role of the Lawyer and the Problem of Poverty (WWDC)
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Interview with Gary Bellow by Richard D. Capparella about the role of lawyers in the War on Poverty Programs. In this 1964 interview with Gary Bellow (1935-2000), one of the earliest and most influential advocates for federally funded legal services programs, Bellow highlights the critical importance of lawyers as part of broader anti-poverty strategies. Bellow was working as an investigator and defender for the Legal Aid Agency of DC (later the PDSDC) at the time of the interview. The interview was conducted by Richard D. Capparella, from the Junior Bar Section, DC Bar Association. The original interview was recorded on a vinyl record.Reformatted as wav and streaming MP3 format sound files in 2013. Length: Side A: 7:56; Side B: 5:56
Gary Bellow was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1935, and graduated from Yale University (with honors) in 1957 and from Harvard Law School in 1960. He received a Ford Foundation fellowship in criminal law, and spent a year at Northwestern University Law School, which had just started a L.L.M. program in Criminal Law. After graduating in 1961, he served in the army, where he also worked as a lawyer, and hitchhiked across the United States twice. After a very brief stint in the appellate division of the Legal Aid Society in New York, he and his mother moved to Washington, DC , where he was looking for work as a criminal defense lawyer. He found employment with the Legal Aid Agency (now called the Public Defenders Service) in 1962, where he initially worked as an investigator, and eventually as a defender. Passionate about giving poor people equal access to the justice system, he became acquainted and friends with Edgar and Jean Cahn, with whom he discussed drafts of their seminal article on the War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (1964). In 1965, Gary Bellow became Deputy Director of the United Planning Organization (UPO) in 1965, Washington’s Community Action Program, where he stayed for about one year. He was working at UPO, when Clint Bamberger asked him to join the OEO-LSP as its Deputy Director, but Bellow decided to stay with UPO, and his close friend, Earl Johnson, whom he had met while in the LLM program at Northwestern University, got the position. In 1966, Gary Bellow left UPO and went to work for California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) where he worked on community organizing and legal assistance for migrant farm workers in the San Joaquin Valley. Bellow’s work brought him in contact with Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers and in conflict with then—Governor of California Ronald Reagan. Bellow stayed at CRLA until 1968. Bellow then worked for the United Farm Workers in a pro bono capacity and in 1969 was recruited by the University of Southern California School of Law, where he developed the clinical legal services program. He continued to work as a lawyer, and worked on various legal cases for the Black Panther Party. Bellow stayed at USC School of Law until 1971, when he left USC to start the Legal Services Institute at Harvard University. He joined the Harvard faculty as a visiting professor in 1971 and then became a Harvard professor of law in 1972. Bellow was a founder of and an instructor at the Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, the school's major legal clinic in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Bellow, who died in 2000, is remembered by countless colleagues and students for his tireless advocacy on behalf of the poor, for his vision, and for his reflections and criticism of the routine delivery of legal services, as well as his impact on the development of clinical legal education.
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