Among states with sufficient data to form a full sample, this study reports the distribution percentages representing the needs of the people using the legal assistance offered under the Older Americans Act.
MLAC conducted a study on the economic benefits and impact of legal aid in Massachusetts during FY 2012. They found that the provision of legal assistance led to a positive total economic impact of approximately $48 million.
Shaping the Future of Justice: Effective Recruitment and Retention of Civil Legal Aid Attorneys in California
Civil legal aid organizations in California have found it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain high quality attorneys to provide legal assistance for low-income individuals. This report examines recruitment and retention trends for civil legal aid attorneys in California and offers recommendations.
This covers 49 published articles written between 1977 – 2012 available on the MEDLINE, Scopus, and Google Scholar databases. Researchers also scanned the Center’s “Academic Articles” page.
2012 annual report to the Chief Judge of New York State.
This study asks whether affordability is the actual reason why low and moderate income households frequently do not seek representation when facing a legal problem. The study finds that whether legal advice was sought depended heavily upon the nature of the problem.
The article reviews the causes of the increase in pro se litigation in the US. Inability to pay is only one of many reasons a litigant will end up going to court pro se. The current state of legal services in the US is failing the people who need help the most. Most clients receive only advice on how to proceed on their own.
This study looked at the impact of pilot programs which established information centers for litigants in family law cases who did not have attorneys. The survey was taken from 1364 customers at the three Family Law Information Centers and 24 judges who oversee family law cases.
The article suggests that a civil right to counsel can be a powerful tool to enhance low-income inner-city neighborhoods, empower those who live there, and create new opportunities, new choices, and socioeconomic mobility in our cities.
An Early Assessment of the Civil Justice System After the Financial Crisis: Something Wicked This Way Comes?
In 2009 and 2010, researchers at the RAND Institute for Civil Justice examined the impact of the financial crisis on the civil justice system (e.g., courts, access to civil attorneys). The authors conclude that the effects of the financial crisis on the civil justice system may serve as an indicator of broader economic disruption.