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									                                 Alfred Corbett
                                  Finding Aid

Biographical Note
Scope and Contents Note
Box and Folder List


The Alfred Corbett Papers contain two series, the first documenting his work with the
Office of Economic Opportunity/Legal Services Program (OEO/LSP), and the second
documenting his work for the Legal Services Corporation. Most of the documents and
papers relate to his contribution as funds administrator and program managing. The first
series, concerning his years with the OEO/LSP, includes reports and evaluations of several
Community Action Agencies and planning and budgeting for nation-wide and regional
programs. It also includes The National Anti-Poverty Plan: Report of OEO for years

The second series relates to Corbett's years in the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). The
LSC series contains reports and evaluations as well as drafts and letters concerning financing
and project management. There are also records on alternative uses of Investment Income,
one a plan to increase the involvement of the private bar, and another raising private money
to finance comprehensive plans for persons of "Lower and Middle Income Brackets" and
the "Near Poor". The series also includes several copies of Corbett's thesis "The Last
Miles...," which contains long range goals above the minimum access level and approaches
for the development of those long range goals. Finally, it includes what is likely to be
Corbett's achievement, an ABA/LSC Pro-Bono project dated 1979. Both series include
handwritten notes, memos, newspaper clippings, and letters. There is a folder about
Corbett's retirement.

Biographical Note

Alfred Corbett was born in Portland Oregon in 1915. He received his BS from Harvard
University and his LL.B. from Yale University. He was admitted to the Bar in 1940. Out of
law school he worked for the firm Koemer, Young, McColloch & Dezendorf. During
World War II he served for two years as a sergeant in Mountain Troops (a combat support

After the War Corbett was the first Commissioner of the Portland Housing Authority, and
in 1951 he became Assistant General Counsel to the Defense Electrical Power
Administration in Washington DC. He received "superior job performance" ratings and
"exceptional service awards" within the agency.

Corbett was elected Oregon State Representative in 1956, and later State Senator, and he
served in that capacity until 1965. During that time he was Chairman of the oversight
committee having responsibility for the entire budget for the State of Oregon.

For OEO/LSP Corbett designed the basic grant procedures that were used by the agency to
fund and monitor the legal services programs. In 1967 he became Director of the Operation
Division of Community Action Program of the OEO, and in 1968 he became Deputy
Associate Director for Program Policy of the CAP. In 1969 he was Director of the Budget
& Fiscal Management Division. In his nine years with OEO he served in other pioneering
capacities. He worked with Senior Staff and Policy officials in developing policy, as well as
evaluating program and coordinating nation-wide programs with various regional offices.

In 1974, within the Legal Services Corporation, Corbett became Chairman of the Project
Review Board, his job to review applications for funding and refunding of all (263) LSC
funded programs. In 1976 he became Director of Program Planning in the Corporation and
worked on the annual report. In July 1977 he announced his retirement, effective in
September of the same year.

Scope Notes

Subjects: Alfred Corbett, Legal Aid, Office of Economic Opportunity, Legal Services

Dates: 1965-1977, 1993

Provenance: Alfred Corbett, donated to the National Equal Justice Library by Joan Corbett

Linear Feet: approximately 10 inches

Location: NEJL Archives Stacks, Shelf 2.A.3

Box and Folder List


Hand Written Notes

Notes on Minimum Access

"Something About Navajo Tribal Lawyers"

D.C. Bar Exam
Memo to Senior CAP Staff & Regional CAP Managers, re. Program of Technical Support
for Community Action - 3/30/66

OEO National Anti-Poverty Plan FY 1968-72 - 6/66 (four folders)

Evaluation of a Community Action Agency, Wichita Kansas - 1960's

OEO Planning - Programming - Budgeting - System - 3/14/67

Memo re. Evaluation of Full Year Head Start Program - 4/7/67

OEO Financial Planning - 4/67

Letter Wortman to Corbett - 6/14/68

Clipping re. Frank Carlucci and Alan Cranston

Letters from Bettie Roberson to Legal Aid Organizations - 1971-74

Legal Services Reporters, "Making Peace With Poverty" and "Legal Services Under Fire"

Draft and Notes Concerning Meeting of Project Review Board - 1975

Group Legal Review, National Center for Legal Services - March- April 1975

Letter From Charles Lokey - 4/15/75

Legal Services Projects and Project Directors (A Directory) - 9/75

ABA Journal, "Financing Public Interest Law Practice: The Role of the Organized Bar" -

Letter, Ehrlich to Program Directors, re. communication between home office and filed
programs - 12/31/75

NLADA Briefcase with information re. LSC and hand-written notes - 1/76


Field Test Results of Peer Review Quality Assessment of Legal Services, Urban Institute -

Ehrlich Article in ABA Journal 9/76

Ehrlich, Senate Testimony 5/18/76
LSC News

Ehrlich before the 7th Annual Bar Public Relations Workshop, National Association of Bar
Executives - 10/7/76

LSC Employee Health Benefits - Fall 1976

LSC News Clippings - 11/11/76

Articles on Lawyers (Grajales, C. Smith) - November December 1976

Memo, Corbett to Tom & Clint, "Son of Umbrella Chart and Scions of the Future" - 3/1/77

The Last Miles (Draft) - 5/10/77

The Last Miles - 5/10/77

Congratulatory Letters upon Corbett's retirement - 1977

Articles about Corbett's Retirement and re. Corbett's nomination for an award - 75/77

Memo, Charles Jones re. Development of the Delivery Systems Study, Analysis and related
Data Needs - 10/77

Memo to Ehrlich, "An Alternative Use of Investment Income" - 11/25/77

Draft, Program Management & Evaluation in the LSC: A Recommended Approach, Urban
Institute - 12/7/77

Hennigan to Corbett, re. "Momentum on Private Bar Involvement" - 3/3/79

ABA/LSC Pro-Bono Project - Spring 1979

Background Information on the Last Miles and Information about the Corbett Papers -

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