To guarantee justice for all, fund legal aid for the poor

An estimated 80 percent or more of people who need civil legal assistance in the United States go without, because they cannot afford it. Though they try to represent their own interests, frequently they find the system too complex to navigate on their own.

Op-Ed (Florida)

Francisco Angones
Miami Herald
February 1, 2017

Tags: Funding: State & Local, Justice for All

Organizations mentioned/involved: Florida Bar Foundation


Civil legal aid has provided that safety net in the past, but it is a safety net that is growing thinner by the day. Investing in civil legal aid does more than benefit vulnerable families and individuals. A new study commissioned by The Florida Bar Foundation makes it clear that spending on civil legal aid benefits all of us by helping stabilize families and communities, increasing employment and helping small businesses.

In 2015, each $1 of civil legal aid funding resulted in over $7 of impacts in Florida, according to the study, conducted by The Resource for Great Programs. Every $100,000 of funding enabled legal aid organizations to generate an additional $719,000 in economic benefits.