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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.


The Anti-Poverty Effects of Civil Legal Aid

Alan W. Houseman, Elisa Minoff
Public Welfare Foundation
October 30, 2014
Comprehensive review finds little rigorous research has actually attempted to document the effect of civil legal assistance on impoverished clients and communities.

Law Libraries and Access to Justice

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
July 1, 2014
Law librarians are an important part of the access to justice community. Not only do they offer long-standing traditional reference services, but they also develop programs that foster innovation.

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