I'm writing a short story in a universe similar to our own in some ways, and wildly different in others. My main character is a civil-rights attorney. I was doing fine in this story until I got to the issue of money. I tried Google, and didn't get anything truly relevant. (Nothing that had any information in it, anyway.) Because this universe is fantasy, I could just use handwavium, but I want it to be realistic where law practice is concerned. So how does a civil rights attorney make money?
It may also be important to note that the one actually asking for help already has full civil rights of her own, and is asking on behalf of someone whose people do not currently (in that universe) have any legal rights.
EDIT: Thanks everyone! You've all been very helpful.