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Innovation in Legal Practice: Beyond the Current Model of Professionalism

Oliver R. Goodenough | Posted 04.24.2015 | Business
Oliver R. Goodenough

This crisis of representation is not an aberration. It is a structural feature of the system of lawyer professionalism we have built, and it will not go away until we build a different way to deliver the benefits of law to people in need of them.

Time for a Right to Counsel for New Yorkers Facing Eviction, Foreclosure

Ted De Barbieri | Posted 04.03.2015 | New York
Ted De Barbieri

A right to counsel for residential tenants and homeowners ensures the rule of law is applied equitably to rich and poor. Plus it has the added benefit of making economic sense. It's the right thing to do.

How Spotify Lets Your Rights Get Lost in the Fine Print -- and What You Can Do About It

Nan Aron | Posted 03.26.2015 | Business
Nan Aron

Buried in the fine print of those "terms and conditions of use" is a forced arbitration clause. That means that if you have a dispute with Spotify, you have to take your case to a decision maker at a firm they choose -- not a judge or jury. In addition, if Spotify violates the rights of thousands, even millions, of its listeners, they can't band together to seek justice.

Budget Like a Freak: The Economic Benefits of Free Legal Aid in Civil Cases

Ray Brescia | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Ray Brescia

The economists at Freakonomics recently highlighted the work of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, which engages with import public policy issues through the lens of cost-benefit analysis.

Hacking the Law: Apps That Protect Legal Rights

Ray Brescia | Posted 01.10.2015 | Technology
Ray Brescia

What these apps can do is improve the access of low- and moderate-income individuals and families to critical legal assistance when they need it most: i.e., when they are being denied heat, are facing foreclosure or are facing a natural or man-made disaster.

Disrupting the Law: How Technology Can Help Bridge the Justice Gap

Ray Brescia | Posted 01.03.2015 | Technology
Ray Brescia

Disruption in the market for legal services may offer a way to close the justice gap for communities and individuals underserved by the present--and expensive--modes of delivering legal services in the United States.

Immigration 'Court' Reform More About Justice Than Immigration

Sara Warner | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

President Obama may have "delayed" his promise for major immigration reform to accommodate the politics of the Nov. 4 midterm elections, but there remains an opportunity for massive improvement to the immigration "court" system. The reason that such measures can gain consensus support is the same reason that "court" must be in quotation marks.

Asbestos Litigation Summit Tackles Issues of Trust

Sara Warner | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

The insular and well-heeled world of American asbestos litigation is gathering atop San Francisco's Nob Hill this week for what amounts to an annual current-events snapshot, and this year things may get a bit testy in the industry triangle of plaintiff attorneys, defense firms and insurance companies.

Brazil Can Put Safety and Justice at the Heart of Global Development

Robert Muggah | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Robert Muggah

The Sustainable Development Goals are about much more than achieving a diplomatic consensus. Starting next year, they will serve as a road-map for driving development around the world, including the world's poorest countries.

As Demand Rises, Civil Legal Aid Innovates to Expand Access to Resources

Lonnie A. Powers | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Lonnie A. Powers

It's clear that we will never close this gap unless our federal and state funders dramatically increase their support. In the meantime, we must also find ways to expand access to information that can help those in need.

Crime Bar: Human Rights Claims Don't Have Expiration Dates

Katie Shay | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Katie Shay

People who suffer the worst human-rights abuses imaginable -- torture, extrajudicial killings, war crimes, genocide -- must be given the ability to recover and should not be denied justice if they are unable to bring their claims with in only a few short years.

Legalization of U.S. Unauthorized Residents: A Rule of Law or Access to Justice Issue?

Donald Kerwin | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

Justice is delayed and denied in the U.S. immigration system -- sometimes for years, sometimes forever -- and this problem substantially contributes to the U.S. unauthorized population.

Drug Policies and Women's Rights on UN Agenda

Eka Iakobishvili | Posted 12.17.2013 | World
Eka Iakobishvili

Women are disproportionately facing prison for non-violent drug offenses, often as a result of poverty and social marginalization.

Dan Froomkin

U.S. Ranks Low In Access To Justice Compared To Other Wealthy Nations | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

Access to justice is a core American value. But a new survey of the rule of law across the globe finds that the U.S. ranks surprisingly low relative t...

What Happens When Divorce Bankrupts You?

Sharon Zarozny | Posted 03.11.2012 | Divorce
Sharon Zarozny

Single parenting is challenging, especially when money is scarce. It's taken a huge toll, hitting home today when my daughter pointed out I've turned into Scrooge.