THE ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT
That personal attributes of poverty lawyers do not adequately explain their legal activity may be a function of the organizational setting in which they work. Legal services lawyers work in are members of local, state, and national social service organizations; organizations inculcate their own values and "decisional premises" to members that may override and even replace personal values. 1 Even if members do not internalize the organization's goals and values, its rules, practices, and standard operating procedures may constrain members.
This chapter explores the organizational context in which legal services attorneys work. What effect do organizational features of legal services programs have on the legal activity of their staff? To what extent do organizational rules and practices constrain poverty lawyers? The following section examines differences in program structure and some general operating features. Subsequent sections assess a variety of program policies and practices.
There are significant differences in the administrative structure employed by the five programs. Administrative authority in Metro