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Roles Beyond Lawyers: Summary and Recommendations of an Evaluation of the New York City Court Navigators ProgramThomas M. Clarke, Rebecca L. Sandefur
American Bar Foundation (ABF), National Center for State Courts (NCSC), Public Welfare Foundation
December 14, 2016
Roles Beyond Lawyers: Summary and Recommendations of an Evaluation of the New York City Court Navigators Program and its Three Pilot Projects found that tenants facing eviction in New York City were able to get significantly better results under an innovative program that uses “court navigators,” who are not lawyers. The New York City Court Navigators Program seeks to address a considerable imbalance in legal representation, since, at the time of the study, approximately 90 percent of tenants did not have a lawyer, while the vast majority of landlords did.
Expanding Access to Justice, Strengthening Federal Programs: First Annual Report of the White House Legal Aid Interagency RoundtableWhite House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable
U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Access to Justice
November 30, 2016
In November 2016, the Department of Justice issued the first annual report of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (WH-LAIR), "Expanding Access to Justice, Strengthening Federal Programs," to President Obama. The report documents ways in which WH-LAIR's 22 participating agencies have been working together with legal aid service providers to develop programs and collaborations that integrate legal aid and advance common goals.
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