Access to Justice

Lawyerist’s ongoing coverage of efforts to close the gap between those who can afford to hire a lawyer and those who are too poor to quality for free legal services. (While we recognize that access to justice, access to lawyers, and access to law are separate but related concepts, we’re gathering them all under this heading for ease of navigation.)

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Electronic Wills, Access to Justice, and Corporate Interests

Florida is considering legalizing fully electronic wills, which could simplify and increase access to probate services.

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How Access-to-Justice Efforts Are Changing the Consumer Legal Market

Alternative legal services are positioning themselves as part of the solution to the access to justice problem. What does this mean for lawyers?

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Inclusive Law Firm Design

In designing your law firm—physically and virtually—make sure you think about accessibility for all individuals. This will ensure your firm is inclusively designed.

Podcast #98: Web Apps for Justice, with Brad Clark

In this episode of the Lawyerist Podcast, former public defender Brad Clark explains how he started his own firm, powered by a criminal expungement web app that lets him start helping people before they even contact him.

Podcast #92: Access to Justice Through Fotonovelas and Video Games, with Susan Garcia Nofi

On this week's podcast, Sam and Aaron talk about just how to actually measure the access to justice gap. Then, Sam talks with Susan Garcia Nofi about using fotonovelas and video games to increase access to justice.

Limited Scope Representation, Limited Access to Justice

Limited representation models—either by lawyers or nonlawyers—will probably not solve the access-to-justice gap.

Access to Justice Sometimes Benefits from Moving Software to the Cloud

Sometimes, all it takes to increase access to justice is moving software to the cloud.

The American Bar Association Should Be a Champion of Open Access to Law

The ABA should be a champion of open access to law, the foundation on which the future of access to justice will be built. And it should start by opening up the law it controls.

Measuring the Access-to-Justice Gap: Nearly 70% of All Civil Defendants Aren’t Represented

Nearly 70% of defendants—and over 75% of all litigants—go to court without a lawyer. We aren't going to solve this gap with an app or more pro bono work.

Podcast #82: Starting a Non-Profit Firm While in Law School, with Jamie Sutton

On this week's podcast, Sam talks to Jamie Sutton, a third-year law student that has already started his own sliding-scale nonprofit law firm.