Access to Justice

69 ABA Journal articles on Access to Justice.

ABA submits testimony urging LSC funding be restored to at least 2010 levels
The Legal Services Corp.'s funding should be restored "at least" to inflation-adjusted 2010 levels, ABA President Hilarie Bass said in testimony submitted to a U.S. Senate subcommittee Wednesday.

“The federal government has a definite role in promoting equal justice and justice for all,” her written testimony says. “The federal role in promoting equal civil justice is funding the Legal Services Corporation.”
Want to improve AI for law? Let’s talk about public data and collaboration
When data scientists want to know if their artificial intelligence software can recognize handwritten digits, they have to test it. For most, this means taking a dataset of black-and-white handwritten symbols and running it through the software.
Improving access to justice via technology
“Access to justice” is an interesting phrase. It suggests a right to justice, one that is generally accepted as a fundamental part of American culture and which is recognized in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. But, in today’s world, access to justice is too often only theoretical.
The path forward for the legal technician model
On Easter Sunday, my husband woke me at 4 a.m. because his eyes were red and his vision clouded. Although it was painful, it was not an emergency-room situation, so we waited until the urgent care center opened. There, he was seen by a physician’s assistant who was more than capable of diagnosing his condition and providing a remedy—all without a doctor present.
Legal tech has a diversity problem, new report says
New research confirms what many had suspected: women and minority founders are underrepresented in legal technology.
Global Legal Hackathon announces winners
The Global Legal Hackathon announced its winners Saturday night in New York City.
Fees and fines threaten judicial independence
For more than a decade, state court systems have been chronically underfunded. The ABA’s Task Force on the Preservation of the Justice System has called it “one of the most critical issues facing the legal profession.” But rather than support courts and the justice system through general tax revenue, states are increasingly relying on criminal fees and fines charged to defendants.
Legal technicians belong in courtrooms
One of the constant criticisms of the Washington limited license legal technician is that there only around 30 licensed technicians so far—even though the program is still in its infancy. A second challenge is that, currently, the LLLT cannot represent a client in court.
Focus of ABA Day 2018 will be on LSC funding and preserving student loan forgiveness program
Securing the financial ability of lawyers to meet the legal needs of the public will be the focus of ABA Day in Washington, D.C., as the association advocates for increased funding for the Legal Services Corp. and the preservation of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
Justice Department rescinds guidance on excessive court fines and fees
Civil rights advocates see continued rollback of reforms in the common practice of fining poor defendants in misdemeanor and civil infraction cases in order to boost revenue.
How lawyers are integrating paraprofessionals into practice
In the months since my first article on Washington limited license legal technicians, I expanded my research to other states’ progress on paraprofessional programs. However, after the last article, there was significant pushback from readers around the business case for paraprofessionals within firms, and I think a deeper dive is warranted, using Arizona’s certified legal document preparers as a model.
Florida nonprofit legal clinic hires Puerto Rican attorneys displaced by Hurricane Maria
The Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida has opened a nonprofit legal clinic focused on providing legal services to Puerto Ricans who have settled in Florida after fleeing Hurricane Maria—and the clinic is employing displaced Puerto Rican attorneys.
Fordham A2J initiative gets students inside infamous Rikers Island
Corrected: Deema Nagib, a third-year student at Fordham University School of Law, has traveled dozens of times to the notorious Rikers Island jail complex to meet with detainees who shared horror stories with her about life inside.
Mary Juetten hopes legal software can help improve access-to-justice problems (podcast)
What will be a big legal trend for 2018? Mary E. Juetten is putting her hopes on legal technology improving access-to-justice problems.
Provide legal counsel at public expense for when physical liberty is at stake, ABA House urges

Legislatures should pass laws ensuring that low-income people are provided with legal counsel at public expense for any proceeding—criminal or civil and regardless of whether it was initiated by a…

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