Access to Justice

154 ABA Journal Access to Justice articles.

The court of public opinion: Why litigation PR is a critical component of a case

A lawyer’s duties do not begin and end at the courtroom door. They extend beyond to the proverbial court of public opinion. As a lawyer and PR consultant, James F. Haggerty has shared how to properly handle the media aspects of litigation in his new book.

Company that promised to revolutionize legal services confirms layoffs of most of its legal staff
Atrium, a company that launched in 2017 with the promise of transforming the delivery of legal services, has laid off most of its legal staff in a restructuring.
‘Fundamental shift’ is transforming the delivery of legal services, new report concludes

“Revolutionary changes are afoot” in the market for legal services, according to a new report.

Clients are actively managing their relationships with outside counsel, nonlaw competitors are gaining ground, and…

Online courts, the future of justice and being bold in 2020

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Richard Susskind, who has worked on technology for lawyers since 1981. He is the author of a newly released book, Online Courts and the Future of Justice.

Attorneys question presence of tech industry insiders on California bar task force for reforming legal industry

A California state bar task force crafting proposals to overhaul regulation of the state’s legal marketplace has drawn criticism from attorneys who believe some of its members evaluating whether to open up the legal industry to nonlawyer ownership and greater technology-driven legal services have conflicts of interest.

The Bail Project pays defendants’ bail as part of a plan to end money bail entirely

Modeled after a fund started by public defenders more than a decade ago, the Bail Project not only pays defendants’ bail but connects them to social services and makes sure they show up to court.

Holocaust survivor has dedicated his career to serving others

John Rosenberg likes to tell people we’re in a country where the rule of law means something, where no one is above the law. “Lawyers make a difference,” he says. “We have demonstrated in our work that we can have a great impact and make our society a better one.”

Commission on Immigration urges widespread reform

“A person comes to our borders, legitimately seeking asylum from, say, political or religious persecution,” said Massachusetts Bar Association delegate Kevin Curtin, a prosecutor for Middlesex County, Massachusetts. “We then lock her up. We might separate her from her children. And then, we prevent her from having access to counsel. … We wouldn’t do that to what my grandmother would call common criminals.”

ABA asks courthouses to reconsider cellphone bans

Dina Afek often tells clients they’re not allowed to bring their cellphones into courthouses in New Mexico. “As attorneys, we can bring in phones, so it’s creating a weird class issue,” says Afek, the volunteer attorney program director for New Mexico Legal Aid. “It is disproportionately affecting poor people and self-represented litigants.”

Small claims program for copyright violations? ABA-supported legislation passes US House

The House of Representatives approved earlier this week a measure that would establish a copyright small claims program in the U.S. Copyright Office to address some of the violations of copyright and intellectual property.

Pro bono inspired a survivor of domestic violence to go to law school

As a 3L, Alyssa Leader says she runs a constant mental countdown of weeks to finals, weeks to graduation, weeks to the bar exam, weeks to test results, weeks until she can say she is someone she never would have been if not for David, a lawyer.

Seattle lawyer focuses on systemic changes to end youth homelessness
Balance of power: Money and inequity in the judicial system

Anyone who has a passing familiarity with the U.S. criminal justice system isn’t shocked to hear the wealthy often escape punishment or receive lighter sentences, while the poor—often minorities—are disproportionately incarcerated and more harshly sentenced.

Dorna Moini’s software helps legal aid groups and law firms automate users’ form-filling
When Dorna Moini was an associate at Sidley Austin from 2015 to 2017, she welcomed the opportunity to do pro bono work. But the repetitive nature of the job—filling out applications for domestic violence restraining orders—seemed like a waste when her firm was charging hundreds of dollars an hour for her time.
ABA advocacy builds momentum for bipartisan legislation aiding homeless veterans

Recent legislative developments in the nation’s campaign to end veteran homelessness is attributable in part to the persistent efforts of ABA members working in conjunction with the ABA’s Governmental Affairs Office.

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