Justice ain’t much if you can’t afford it

July 30, 2019 - 8:30 am
In her recent op-ed for Newsweek, Voices for Civil Justice Executive Director Martha Bergmark argues: “In America, we are raised with the promise of ‘justice for all.’ But after decades as a civil rights and civil legal aid lawyer, I know firsthand that our nation falls far short of that ideal.”

In Justice Ain’t Much If You Can’t Afford It, Bergmark reflects on her early days in Mississippi, witnessing and working to end the misuse of small claims courts to strip people of their meager assets and keep them beholden to those with power and means. She makes the case for new resolve and investment in systemic reforms and civil legal aid to fix our broken civil justice system, so that it works for everyone – not just for the wealthy and the powerful.  

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There is a crisis in this country’s civil justice system; but with investment in systemic reforms and civil legal aid, we can have a system that fulfills America’s promise of justice for all.” @MarthaBergmark in @Newsweek calling for #CivilJusticeReform. https://bit.ly/2Zmdr0A

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