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University of Pennsylvania Law Review
December 1, 2015
Ingrid V. Eagly and Steven Shafer's study of immigration cases between 2007 and 2012 provides data to support claims that a public defender system for immigrants facing deportation may be efficacious for both the immigrants and the immigration courts.
Harvard University – Center on the Legal Profession
June 21, 2015
In their article "The Problem of Default, Part 1", D. James Greiner and Andrea J. Matthews discuss how intervention from legal service providers (LSPs) can reduce the number of defendants not showing up to court and help them resolve their cases more favorably.
The Value of Research
“In the long run, legal aid programs’ investment in randomized study will not only improve services and help direct scarce resources, but will also build public support.
The willingness of the legal aid movement to question itself and change in response will demonstrate to the wider world that our work is, in the end, focused on doing the best we can to help very poor people, in often-desperate circumstances, to improve their lives.”
--Steven Eppler-Epstein, Executive Director of Connecticut Legal Services
Harvard Law Review, 2013