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The National Center for Access to Justice maintains the excellent Justice Index, which offers in-depth state-by-state comparisons and advanced interactive maps.
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Scientific Polling: How to Talk About Legal Aid

Civil legal aid 9-second soundbite.
In November 2013, Pollster Celinda Lake presented findings and recommendations for building awareness of the role of civil legal aid. Above is the 9-second soundbite. Read the powerpoint. Watch the video.


Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services, Legal Needs Assessment (New Jersey)

Kenneth A. Smith, Kelly Thayer, Resource for Great Programs
August 31, 2009
An appraisal of the legal needs of eligible low income people in the Ocean-Monmouth New Jersey Legal Services service area.

Report of Public Hearings on the Unmet Civil Legal Needs of low-income Mississippians

Mississippi Access to Justice Commission
A collection of testimony and client profiles provided at five different hearings in 2009 on the unmet civil legal needs of low-income people in Mississippi.

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