Interviews by phone and in person were conducted in 1993 with more than 3,000 low- and moderate-income Americans to ask about circumstances experienced that pertain to civil justice. (Link is major findings only.)
This two-page fact sheet lists five ways the civil legal aid also yields substantial economic benefits.
This report outlines the developments in civil legal aid between July 2017 and December 2019.
Investments made in 2011 in three of Georgia’s largest legal aid organizations — Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, and Georgia Legal Services Program — yielded total economic impacts amounting to 8.5 times the invested funds.
An Assessment of the Economic and Societal Impacts of Three Legal Services Programs Funded by The Marin Community Foundation 2009-2012
Three organizations in Marin County, California — Legal Aid of Marin (LAM), Family and Children’s Law Center (FACLC), and Canal Alliance’s Immigration Legal Services (CA-ILS) — in aggregate helped clients in more than 17,000 cases and yielded $38.3 million in economic benefits and cost savings to the entire Marin community during 2009-2012.
Investing In Justice, Strengthening Communities: How Everyone in Missouri Benefits from Funding for Legal Aid
Legal aid is cost-effective. Every dollar of revenue for a Missouri legal aid program produces $1.84 of measurable economic impacts and many other benefits that are not quantifiable.
The Economic Impact of Civil Legal Services in New Hampshire: Achieving Justice and Boosting the Economy
Civil Legal Services by three New Hampshire legal aid organizations together yielded total economic impact of $84.4 million during 2011.
During the two year period, NHLA helped North Country clients obtain federal disability benefits and health care coverage worth more than $1,589,637. The program cost $270,000 to run.
In 2010, Ohio’s legal aid entities operated with a budget of $49.1 million. This in turn, generated an additional $56.8 million in economic output across Ohio — a return of 115% for every dollar invested.
Charm writes that legal needs are highly elastic: resources will never be adequate to address every problem. There will always be constraints and because of that, the legal profession is not ready for legal services for all. Instead, public policy must involve resource targeting and rationing.