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Pepperdine Law Review
June 1, 2016
As pro se litigation and Internet-based services become more popular avenues for pursuing legal resolution, the value of professional counsel is increasingly called into question. Through a review of relevant literature focused on several areas of law, this article explores whether legal representation produces desirable outcomes in civil disputes. While some results are mixed, evidence appears to strongly support legal representation in a variety of cases and contexts.
National Institute of Justice, Iowa Legal Aid
May 1, 2016
While not typically utilized in cases involving intimate partner violence (IPV), legal aid services hold promise in driving the enduring change than can benefit victims of abuse. In the present study, services offered through Iowa Legal Aid demonstrate the various advantages to an approach that makes greater use of civil legal aid as a tool against IPV. The data indicates significant reductions in the risk of victimization, as well as vast improvements in victims' mental health and economic independence.
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