The Impact of Counsel: An Analysis of Empirical Evidence
Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 51-96, 2010
45 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2011
Date Written: February 11, 2010
In this article, I provide three lenses on empirical evidence about the American public’s experience with civil justice problems: the depth of public experience, the scope of public experience, and the impact of counsel on public experience. The analysis of empirical evidence reveals a fundamental problem with traditional U.S. thinking and policy concerning access to justice: both are too narrowly focused on law and formal legal institutions. To move forward, we need both new understanding and new policies. New understanding comes from viewing justice problems from the public’s perspective. New policies should include providing effective, accessible, nonlegal routes to solutions for common and significant civil justice problems; these routes will be a necessary complement to the traditional solution of more access to law.
Keywords: lawyers, access to justice, right to counsel, legal aid, civil justice
JEL Classification: I30, K4
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