ERIC Number: ED062052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Rural Poverty and the Law in Southern Colorado. American Bar Foundation Series on Legal Services for the Poor.
American Bar Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Legal problems of the rural poor in 2 counties of southern Colorado (Conejos and Costilla) are examined in this 1970 report. The empirical research for this project consisted of 3 phases: (1) determination (by questionnaire) of attitudes of rural Colorado attorneys toward the legal problems of the indigenous poor; (2) the use of unstructured interviews with local community leaders in the 2 counties to collect general information regarding the legal problems of local indigents, the extent to which they seek the assistance of nonattorney community leaders, and the effectiveness of these leaders in performing their self-designated tasks as "confidants" to the poor; and (3) the use of informal interviews with the rural poor to determine their experiences in recognizing and confronting problems having legal implications and their actual contact with an attorney. The report of this project contains a description of the demography and social background of the conflict that results when these systems fail. Major conclusions reported are that the formal legal structure is largely alien to the poverty class of the 2 counties; that there is a need for free legal services for the rural poor; and that the informal system can be a viable adjunct to effective legal aid in the area. (PS)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Demography, Economically Disadvantaged, Lawyers, Legal Costs, Legal Problems, Rural Population, Social Background, Spanish Americans, Spanish Speaking
American Bar Foundation, 1155 East 60th Street, Chicago, Ill. 60637 ($1.50)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Bar Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Note: Reprinted from the Denver Law Journal, Vol. 47 (1970)