By: Albert H. Cantril. Published by: ABA Consortium on Legal Services and the Public American Bar Association. Published in: May 1996.
The report creates an action plan based on the data collected through the CLNS. The report makes five core observations:
- Most people facing situations that have a legal dimension do not turn to the civil justice system for help.
- Legal services offered to individuals and households have declined in proportion to all legal services provided by the civil justice system.
- Legal issues facing low- and moderate- income families are similar in subject matter.
- Households immediately above and below the income boundary determining eligibility for publicly-funded legal services struggle most in procuring needed legal services.
- Private bar and publicly-funded legal services now serve only a small proportion of legal needs reported by low-income families.
The report suggests eleven action steps divided into four fields:
- Link legal needs with legal resources
- Supporting legal needs of those eligible and immediately above eligibility for publicly-funded legal services
- Building on experience
- The ABA should work with other organizations to implement the agenda described by the report.