It is frustrating that, in a country where just over half of law school graduates obtain full-time legal work, we still have a pervasive access to justice problem. Historically, the access to justice problem has been primarily seen from the low-income perspective – low-income individuals are consistently unable to access the courts despite the host of legal problems many of these individuals face. In recent years, access to justice has become a significant hurdle for the middle class as well.
The unmet civil legal needs of low and moderate income Americans is well documented and has grown worse since the economic crisis hit in 2008. Just as more people are in need of civil legal services, particularly in the area of consumer credit and housing, federal and state funding for legal services has seen significant cuts over the past few years. As a result, increasingly, litigants are representing themselves in court, leaving them overwhelmed and bewildered by the system and slowing down court operations. READ MORE