Legal Representation Data, 1970 (ICPSR 7540)

Published: Nov 19, 2009

Principal Investigator(s):
Stuart S. Nagel; Anthony S. Champagne

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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.

Nagel, Stuart S., and Champagne, Anthony S. Legal Representation Data, 1970. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-11-19.

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Random sampling was used (by choosing the last practicing lawyer listed on every tenth page of the alphabetic sections of the 1970 MARTINDALE-HUBBELL LEGAL DIRECTORY). The questionnaire was mailed to 474 attorneys across the country, with 221 returning usable responses, or 51 percent of the sample.

Attorneys in the United States.

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survey data



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2009-11-19 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.


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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.