Expand legal services for the poor

There are two great, gaping holes in the legal system.
Op-Ed (Ohio)

Robert Newman
Cincinnati Enquirer
March 31, 2016

Tags: Access to Justice, Justice for All

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati


he first is faced those who have to represent themselves in civil suits because they cannot afford a lawyer. Legal Aid is able to represent only a fraction of the indigent because the demand far exceeds the number of lawyers. There were 26,000 requests for legal services last year and only 6,000 served.

It is a woeful sight to see homeowners without lawyers appearing in court trying to save their homes from foreclosure. It has been nearly impossible for these people to navigate court rules and deadlines and raise viable defenses to mortgage servicers who are ably represented by lawyers who specialize in this area.