tial reform issues. Further, community groups supply crucial political support, shielding the program from opposition from other external political actors. Thus, program policies and the nature of the local environment not only provide Metro City Legal Services lawyers with the freedom to pursue law reform, but in many ways they encourage it and enhance its sophistication.
The three chapters that follow seek to identify those factors which account for activity differences among the five programs studied. To begin, the next chapter assesses the influence of lawyers' personal characteristics on activity.