Maine Justice Action Group
November 1, 2016
Professor of Economics at the University of Maine Todd Gabe lends his expertise to civil legal aid initiatives to examine the widespread economic and social benefits driven by civil legal services in Maine in 2015.
The Florida Bar Foundation estimates that civil legal aid organizations generated $600 million in 2015 with $83 million in funding from sources such as the Legal Services Corporation. Such immense returns demonstrate that funding civil legal aid is an economically valuable policy with the potential for $100,000 of funding to create impact valued at upwards of $700,000. The report also addresses how civil legal aid efforts lower court costs and contribute to the critical campaign of narrowing the justice gap through service to low-income clients. Populations served include victims of domestic violence, veterans, immigrants, and disabled individuals, among others.
Key findings include:
– $264.3 generated in direct dollar benefits to clients and others through outcomes involving access to public benefits, health care reimbursements, child/spousal support, & increased wages
– $60.4 million in cost savings through avoided costs associated with emergency shelter (5%), foreclosure (84%), and domestic violence (11%).
– Multiplier effects calculate that legal aid services generated $274.8 million by stimulating numerous areas of Florida’s economy
PUBLICATION DETAILSFormat: Data, Research
Publication Type: Literature Review, Report
Geographic coverage, US: Maine, STATES
Geographic coverage, World: North America
Topics: Legal Needs | Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic & Social Return on Investment | Legal Aid Movement | Social Change | Cross-Cutting Issues | Public Interest Litigation | Needs & Benefits | Research Meta
Case type: Bankruptcy/Debtor Relief, Consumer/Finance, Education, Employment, Family, Health, Housing, Income Maintenance, Miscellaneous, Mortgage Foreclosures, SSDI/SSI
Practice Area: Consumer, Domestic Violence, Elderlaw, Family, Housing, Immigration
Who Served: Disabled, Homeless, Immigrants, Seniors, Women
How Provided: Courts, Legal Aid Attorneys, Pro Bono
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