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 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.