Attorneys, Funding Shortage Causes Lack Of Free Legal Aid

There are even fewer lawyers working with groups that provide services to those who can't afford to hire a lawyer.
News Story (Arkansas)

Stephanie Sharp
KARK4 (local NBC, Little Rock)
September 14, 2016

Tags: Funding: State & Local, Justice for All

Organizations mentioned/involved: Arkansas Access to Justice Commission (AATJ)


That’s one of two organizations in the state that provides free civil legal aid. They’re run by the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission.
“Whether if your rich or poor, you get justice done in the court system in Arkansas,” said Arkansas Access to Justice Commission program coordinator Jordan Rogers.

Rodgers says having access to an attorney is a basic right, however, with a recent lack in funding and not enough attorneys, especially in rural areas, the centers are feeling a strain.
“The unfortunate fact is that they just can’t serve all those people,” said Rogers.

He hopes more help comes their way so they can help others like Jackson.
“I’m sure that my story is not the only story. A lot of people will benefit from them a whole lot,” said Jackson.