States Differ Greatly on Access to Civil Legal Aid, Study Shows

Source: Rabiah Alicia Burks, American Bar Association News Service, August 8, 2011

Access to civil legal aid in the United States for low-income populations is largely contingent on the state where they reside, said a new report, unveiled Friday, by the American Bar Foundation. Although states have been tremendously creative in the way they deliver civil legal aid, they differ dramatically in the types of resources that they provide, the populations they are able to serve, and the amount of funding that is available, said Rebecca L. Sandefur, senior ABF researcher, who detailed the new report to an audience at “Access Across America: First Report of The Civil Justice Infrastructure Mapping Project,” a program of the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Toronto.

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