American Prospect, The
January 14, 2015
Tags: Access to Justice, Funding: IOLTA, Pro Se/Self-Help
Organizations mentioned/involved: Boston Bar Association
What if we recognized that people are more likely to be able to stay in their homes if they have access to adequate legal assistance for wrongful evictions or foreclosures, rather than spending millions of taxpayer dollars on shelters once people have lost their homes and have nowhere else to turn?
In Massachusetts, the Boston Bar Association (BBA), which I currently lead, recently released a Task Force report that shows that taking a preventive approach to legal issues, in the same way we do for public health, would help families, save government funds and ensure fairness in our justice system. That is, investing in civil legal aid programs can pay dividends by avoiding back-end costs, just as a vaccination or medication can keep a patient out of the emergency room.