Kansas City Star
April 17, 2018
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Tags: Justice for All, Pro Bono
Organizations mentioned/involved: Kansas Legal Services
You hear it all the time: There are just too many lawyers. But that couldn’t be any further from the truth in Kansas, where less than one-third of one percent of the population is a lawyer and the demand for indigent defense far outpaces the supply.
Attorneys with the nonprofit Kansas Legal Services represented more than 9,000 disadvantaged clients in 2017, but even more requests for legal assistance — upwards of 10,000 — went unanswered. This is an injustice, disproportionately hurting those who lack the resources to navigate a complicated legal system while perpetuating a two-tiered system that seems to serve only the wealthy and well-connected at the expense of everyone else.