3 Thoughts About Closing The Justice Gap

Addressing this crisis requires cooperation and collaboration.


David Lat
Above the Law
July 18, 2018

Tags: Access to Justice, Access to Justice Commissions, Law Libraries

Organizations mentioned/involved: Maryland Legal Aid


One of the greatest crises facing the legal profession, covered extensively in these pages, is the justice gap. For many reasons, including (but not limited to) the high cost of legal services, millions of Americans find themselves unable to obtain access to justice.

At the 2018 annual meeting and conference of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), held in Baltimore earlier this week, I attended a panel entitled “Three States and Three Approaches to Access to Justice.” It featured three librarians — Catherine McGuire of the Maryland State Law Library, Terrye Conroy of the University of South Carolina, and Miriam Childs of the Law Library of Louisiana — describing the A2J challenges they face in their states and what librarians can do to meet them.