E. CLINTON BAMBERGER, whose legal career has taken him from one of baltimore's most prestigious law firms to a job as No. 2 man in the government's attempt to provide lawyears for the nation's poor, is moving once again -- this time to work in an experimental neighborhood legal service project, in Boston.

He is quitting as executive vice president of the federal'y funded Legal Services Corporation at the end of January to join a program being started by Harvard and Northeastern Universities' law schools in the Jamaica Plains neighborhood of Boston.

The project will both teach poverty law to Harvard and Northeastern students and provide legal services to low income residents of Jamaica Plains, where few lawyers practice.

"The two things I have enjoyed most have been being a legal aid lawyer and teaching, and now I can do both." Bamberger said.

In his varied career he was a partner for 17 years in the firm of Piper & Marbury, one of the largest in Baltimore; head of the Office of Economic Opportunity's pioneering proverty law unit; an unsuccessful candidate in 1966 for the Democratic nomination as Maryland attorney general, and dean of Catholic University's law school.

Now he will join Gary Bellow, a Harvard law professor who once ran the District's Legal Aid Society and was deputy director of the United Planning Organization, Washington's poverty agency, and Jeanne Kettleson, another Harvard professor, in running the Jamaica Plains project.

The project will take 25 students, who will spend their final year of law school dealing entirely with poverty law instead of preparing themselves for cushy jobs with Wall Street and Washington law firms. Their classes will be in the poverty law office itself, not on the law school campus.

This program, its sponsors hope, will become a mini-West Point for poverty lawyers. Students who join it pledge to spend their first four years in practice giving legal help to the poor in projects sponsored by the Legal Service Corporation.

"I think it is significant for legal services and for legal education," Bamberger said. "It is more than just giving clinical experience" by allowing students to take occasional cases to court under a lawyer's supervision, as is done in many law schools, including Washington's.

"Here," Bamberger continued, "one-third of law school is devoted to poverty work. It moves from the theoretical to the practical."

The bulk of the funds for the project -- $1,875 million -- comes from the Legal Services Corporation. To avoid possible conflicts, Bamberger -- as executive vice president of the corporation -- took no part in its discussions or negotiations with the Legal Services Institution.

Harvard University has also agreed to contribute $800.000 in cash and faculty time and will raise another $1.25 million over the next four years.

What's this snit between Federal Trade Commission attorneys in Washington and San Francisco? It has gotten so bad that the San Francisco office is refusing to help set up the two weeks of hearings there on the controversial move to restrict or prohibit television advertising aimed specifically at children.

Instead of getting routine supplies such as note pads and typewriters from their colleagues in San Francisco, the Washington attorneys are shipping them across the country -- at taxpayers' expense, of course.

With the U.S. Supreme Court approval of lawyer addertising 18 months ago, the legal clinic business appears to be booming across the country. The second annual meeting of the American Legal Clinic Association, formed a little more than a year ago, drew 200 people to Orlando, Fla., earlier this month.

Most of them wanted tips from the pinoneers on how to start and run legal clinics -- supermarket law centers that offer routine legal services at cut rates and depend on advertising to attract the volume of business they need.

"Next year, with more seasoned people, we're going to begin discussing refinements of clinic operations," said Van O'Steen of Phoenix, just elected president of the association.

O'Steen, whose legal clinic's advertisements precipitated the Supreme Court's decision, replaced Stephen Z. Meyers of Los Angeles, a partner in Jacoby & Meyers, one of the earliest legal clinics, as president.

The D.C. Court of Appeals turned down a petition by Antioch School of Law to allow lawyers who are not members of the D.C. Bar to practice in law school clinical programs.

Earlier this year the court turned down a similar petition by the D.C. Bar on behalf of the Public Defender Service, U.S. Attorney, Corporation Counsel and neighborhood legal service groups -- all of whom said they would have trouble getting the best legal talent if members of the bar elsewhere had to take the exam here in order to practice.

Jay P. Krupin, who just joined the firm of Feldman, Krieger & Sheehan, is one fledgling attorney who shouldn't have any trouble getting a coveted front room table at Duke Zeibert's a lunchtime hangout for politicos, sports fans and lawyers. His father, Mel Krupin, is the manager there.

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