This data collection contains legal representation
information gathered in a 1970 survey of 474 attorneys across the
United States, which garnered 221 usable responses. The research
objectives included: (1) determining the relationship between the
behavior of the attorneys in representing indigent or unpopular
clients and the attitudes, specialties, backgrounds, and environments
of the attorneys, (2) arriving at some policy recommendations for
increasing the representation of indigent and unpopular clients, and
(3) analyzing the joint causation phenomenon whereby neither favorable
attitudes nor favorable opportunities alone lead to representation of
the unpopular, but the combination of both together does so
substantially. Survey information gathered includes respondents'
attitudes toward: (1) the legal profession, (2) unpopular or indigent
clients, (3) sociopolitical issues regarding the poor, and (4) the
system of legal representation. Respondents were asked for their
experiences when representing unpopular or indigent clients and to
give reasons they might not choose to represent such clients.
Background information includes characteristics of the respondent's
community as well as respondent's race, gender, natality, father's
occupation, political party affiliation, political offices held,
religious preference, type of practice, and percent of clients from
ethnic and racial minorities.