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As Head of Philadelphia's Community Legal Services,
Carr Mans the Local "Emergency Room" of Public Interest Law

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Andrew Ferguson L'00
Chandra Bhatnagar L'01
Cathy Carr L'79
Karen Peltz Strauss L'81
Langer & Grogan
Paula Dow, L'80
Cathy Carr
In 1995, when Cathy Carr, L'79 took the helm of one of the nation's foremost providers of legal aid to the needy, she was already a veteran of the war on poverty. But she never expected that just months later, Congress would declare war on her.

Soon after Carr was promoted to executive director of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, where she had been for 11 years, the legislature passed crippling funding restrictions, hamstringing the activities of government-subsidized legal service organizations. The new laws tied CLS's federal grant to prohibitions on litigating class actions, engaging in legislative advocacy and filing legal challenges to welfare reform. Faced with these suffocating limitations, Carr gave the feds an interesting response: No thanks.
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