Vanderbilt Law Review

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Mr. Stringfellow strikes hard at the indifference of the legal profession to the plight of the poor before the bar. Usually, they are "simply not represented at all," much less honestly or effectively. He attributes this to three factors: the expense and time usually involved in the legal process, charlatan lawyers who exploit the poor, and the poor man's image of the law derived from police brutality. The police are the poor's most frequent contact with the law, and "the image that they see when they see the law in action is of the law as an enemy." Mr. Stringfellow illustrates this thesis, as he does others throughout his book, with graphic illustrations from his own experience.