U.S. needs renewal of a core value: access to justice

Civil legal aid programs are being forced to turn away scores of low-income Americans seeking civil legal assistance. It's time to change that says this op-ed.

Jean A. Lastine, John G. Levi
July 17, 2015
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Tags: Access to Justice, Pro Se/Self-Help

Organizations mentioned/involved: Central Minnesota Legal Services, Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


Every day low-income Americans seek help from LSC-funded organizations with civil legal matters that go to the very heart of their safety and security. They are fighting to avert unlawful foreclosure, or to escape domestic violence. They are grandparents seeking legal guardianship of a grandchild in need of life-saving surgery, or they are veterans returning from overseas and facing legal issues.

LSC also promotes technology innovation through its Technology Initiative Grants program, which has funded more than 525 technology projects in the past decade. In addition LSC awards grants through its Pro Bono Innovation Fund to support new and innovative projects to promote and enhance pro bono efforts throughout the country.