Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Cornell University
March 1, 2011
The principal focus of this Article is on law and policy issues relevant to the provision or funding of legal services for the poor through: the LSC, IOLTA funds, pro bono service, law schools, and self-help for pro se litigants.
The principal focus of this Article is on law and policy issues relevant to the provision or funding of legal services for the poor by significant providers or funders of such services in the United States during the recent past and how each issue should be resolved. In the consideration of most every issue a proposal is made as to action that should be taken to resolve or help resolve the issue. Most of these proposals are not new but it is here urged that each of them merits high priority support by proponents of more adequate legal services for the poor.
The Conclusion of this Article considers the strategies that proponents may engage in to help in achieving adoption of the proposals. In this Article an issue is a question with alternative possible solutions that merit consideration as to which solution is preferable; a legal issue is a question as to the meaning, enforcement, or legal validity of an existing or proposed law; and a policy issue is a question as to what is the justified objective for action taken or proposed to help resolve or alleviate a social problem. Legal and policy issues often are interrelated, as solution of many legal issues is often determined or influenced by one or more policy issue solutions. Most every law is adopted to resolve or help resolve one or more policy issues and many laws, either expressly or by implication, indicate what policy or policies they are intended to further. Lawmaking bodies, their committees, or their individual members also often make statements helpful in ascertaining the intended policies of particular laws. The policy or policies that a particular law is intended to further can be very important in the law’s interpretation and its applicability.
PUBLICATION DETAILSFormat: Commentary
Publication Type: Essay, Journal Article
Geographic coverage, US: NATIONAL
How Provided: Courts, Law School Clinics, Legal Aid Attorneys, Pro Bono, Self-Help, Unbundling
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