The importance of equal access to justice for all

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Executive Director Dan Glazier discusses the importance of access to civil legal aid.

Op-Ed (Missouri)

Dan Glazier
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 15, 2015
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Tags: Benefits of Legal Aid, Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM)


“One of the many lessons learned in Ferguson is something people living with low incomes and advocates who work alongside them know all too well: Equal access to justice is a fragile concept in this country, which for people of low income, is often difficult to obtain whether it’s in criminal, municipal or civil courts. Civil courts handle disputes between parties where one party feels harmed by another party. The consequences in civil court can be very high — loss of home, loss of safety, loss of health care, loss of income, and even loss of life. If you are not represented by legal counsel because you cannot afford an attorney, your chances of success are greatly diminished.”