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Jonathan Weiss-Legal Services for the Elderly

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: NEJL-083

Scope and Contents

The Jonathan Weiss collection details the career of Jonoathan Weiss as an indigent defense lawyer and as the director of Legal Services for the Elderly. The collection includes progress reports for Legal Serivces for the Elderly and newspaper clippings from Jonathan Weiss' career.


  • 1970 - 2005

Biographical / Historical

Jonathan A. Weiss, the first “neighborhood lawyer,” was hired by the Ford Foundation-funded Neighborhood Legal Services Project in December, 1964. NLSP was a pilot project serving several low income areas in Washington DC which later became the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) funded legal services program in that city. Weiss spent the next four decades in legal services including stints as a managing attorney in the DC program, as a managing attorney at Mobilization for Youth and at the Center for Law and Social Policy and then executive director of Legal Services for the Elderly in New York City. Weiss has published articles on the practice and theory for legal services attorneys, including “The Law and the Poor,” Journal of Social Issues 26:3 (1970), Law of the Elderly (1977) and “Should the Government Fund Legal Services? If so, what should the Lawyers Do?” Journal of the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics 2 (1999): 401-409.


1.5 linear feet

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Processing Information

possible student job, needs collection level description and box list, entry into AT

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Repository Details

Part of the National Equal Justice Library Repository

Georgetown University Law Library
111 G. Street NW
Washington D.C. 20001