Expanding Legal Aid

The Justice Index highlights best practices, which can help states replicate successful models adopted by their neighbors.


David Udell, Ellen Rosenthal
New York Times (NYT)
December 7, 2014
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Tags: Research/Data, Technology

Organizations mentioned/involved: National Center for Access to Justice (NCAJ) at Fordham Law School


One solution is to draw on these experiments by indexing data to drive reform. A newly established Justice Index (justiceindex.org) ranks the states on how they are providing access to justice. It presents the number of civil legal aid lawyers in every state. It also shows how states are assisting people without lawyers, people with limited proficiency in English and people with disabilities.

By highlighting best practices across all the states, the Justice Index creates incentives and opportunities for states to replicate successful models adopted by their neighbors, so that one day every person will have access to justice.