Fred Rooney was the father of a toddler with another on the way in 1986 when he graduated from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law and went to work at Lehigh Valley Legal Services in Allentown, Pa.

“I would have stayed for the rest of my life if I could have afforded it, but if I’d applied as a client, I’d have qualified for services,” Rooney recalled. “Private practice was my only option if I wanted to continue working as an attorney in an underserved community and make a living.”

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