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Access to Justice

For Lawyers, the Future is Now

Ray Brescia | Posted 09.06.2016 | Business
Ray Brescia

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, mobile interfaces, and online dispute resolution are all innovations that are changing consumer relationshi...

No Lawyer on Your Case? Alternatives Can Help.

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 08.08.2016 | New York
New York Legal Assistance Group

By Randal Jeffrey, General Counsel, New York Legal Assistance Group Ever since the Supreme Court handed down its landmark 1963 decision in Gideon v...

From Where I Stand: Yanar Mohammed

UN Women | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
UN Women

Cross-posted from UN Women Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown “The situation is very grim in Iraq. We run into many young women who have run away from thei...

Children Deserve Better from Florida's Justice System

Cassandra Capobianco | Posted 04.30.2017 | Impact
Cassandra Capobianco

I remember being eight years old and looking at my (not-so-nice but very "grown-up") babysitter, who was 12 years old, thinking, "When I am 12, I will...

Lawyers: Bulwark against Inequality and Gentrification?

Ray Brescia | Posted 04.11.2017 | Impact
Ray Brescia

Lawyers can play many roles, often contributing to economic inequality. They can represent large corporations against their low-wage workers, receive...

Could 'Uber for Lawyers' Be a Thing?

Ray Brescia | Posted 03.29.2017 | Business
Ray Brescia

There is one industry that might still benefit from a sharing economy approach, where easier access and less expensive alternatives to incumbent providers might mean consumers will take advantage of the services offered through this industry like never before.

Legal Tech: Rise of the Machines, or the Phantom Menace?

Ray Brescia | Posted 01.11.2017 | Technology
Ray Brescia

Weakened job prospects for lawyers have triggered declining law school enrollments. Some point to the economy as the source of these diminished oppor...

Is Preventing Injustice Possible?

Ellen Lawton | Posted 10.05.2016 | Impact
Ellen Lawton

Whatever you may think about how we pay for health care, everyone can agree that staying out of the emergency room is a good thing. Maintaining good health through access to primary care and healthy policies is better not only for individuals, but also for health care's bottom line.

Fixing New York City's Broken Housing Courts

Michael Diller | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Michael Diller

Tenants face a confusing and impersonal system when threatened with eviction in New York City Housing Court. But programs like Poverty Justice Solutions are making a dent in the problem by targeting the issues plaguing housing court.

The Price of Justice: The Marriage Equality Victory and What's Next

Ray Brescia | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Ray Brescia

Friday's hard-won marriage equality victory at the U.S. Supreme Court represents not just the culmination but also the value of decades of advocacy. Underneath the victory, however, is the fact that such a campaign is costly: in human and financial capital.

Mind the Gap: Bending the Cost Curve of Legal Services to Close the Justice Gap

Ray Brescia | Posted 06.09.2016 | Impact
Ray Brescia

While making legal services more affordable -- and more available -- may be possible through innovations in both technology and the supply chain of legal services, we may not be there yet.

Innovation in Legal Practice: Beyond the Current Model of Professionalism

Oliver R. Goodenough | Posted 06.24.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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 05.26.2015 | 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...