NCYL Board President Peter Edelman Outlines Areas of Opportunity for Legal Advocates
Peter Edelman, president of NCYL’s Board of Directors, was the keynote speaker at the July Litigation and Advocacy Directors Conference in Chicago. Edelman said social welfare attorneys are trying to meet the demands of higher poverty rates, even as the federal government has begun to focus more on lowering the deficit, and less on social services.
“You are trying to help people who desperately need help, in an atmosphere where state and local governments are broke and the federal government is tightening the purse strings. Your work has never been more important, or harder. Demand is way up and you have less money to respond,” said Edelman, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center.