The Justice Gap

America’s unfulfilled promise of “equal justice under law”.

Feature (NATIONAL)

Lincoln Caplan
Harvard Magazine
October 20, 2017

Tags: Justice for All

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. (CRLA)


Smith’s vision has never been realized in the United States, but it haunts the debate about how best to serve the legal needs of poor and low-income Americans—and about whether we even know what works best to solve the problems of this group. Poverty’s effects on human health are well documented: lives tend to be sadder, harder, and shorter. But the effects on poor and low-income people’s lives of needing a lawyer and not having one are not well documented at all.