The intention of this book is to provide a better understanding of the mission of public interest lawyers and stimulate thought about ways to energize and build a movement that advances social justice. I could not have succeeded in this effort without the help and support of many individuals and institutions. I wish to express my appreciation for their assistance. I am very grateful to the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Justice for its wisdom in establishing the Alliance and for its continuing support for this book and other important projects. I profited from discussion with many public interest lawyers, activists and foundation officers. These individuals, who are listed in Appendix D, gave generously of their time. A few merit special attention. Charles Halpern and the staff at the Council for Public Interest Law, who wrote Balancing the Scales of Justice: Financing Public Interest Law in America, provided a wonderful model for me to follow.
List of Tables and Figures – Foreword / Shirley M. Hufstedler -- Alliance for Justice Board of Directors – Acknowledgments -- Introduction-Public Interest Law: An Essential Component of the American Legal System -- 1 History of Public Interest Law -- 2 A Profile of Public Interest Law Based on the 1983-84 Survey -- 3 Trends in Funding -- 4 A Closer Look at the Practice of Public Interest Law -- 5 Litigation and Other Social Change Strategies -- 6 Widening Influence and Maturation of Public Interest Law -- 7 Conclusions and Recommendations – Appendixes – Index.