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Washington University Journal of Law & Policy


The 1999-2000 school year marked the second annual Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law Speakers Series, entitled “Access to Justice: The Social Responsibility of Lawyers.” This important Series serves to further three essential goals in educating students and the legal community: first, highlighting the social justice responsibility of lawyers to provide access to justice; second, bringing together students, faculty, alumni, and members of the community in an evolving, interdisciplinary discussion about the future of the legal profession; and third, celebrating the excellence of the Law School clinical program, through which many of our students experience public service and public interest law practice, and confront first-hand their personal and professional responsibility to provide access to justice to all individuals. This Series continues to dispel soundly the myth that lawyers work only for high wages and “prestige,” and provides a truly inspirational look, through the words and stories of real leaders, at the broad responsibilities and aspirations of lawyers.