When the ABA established the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants one hundred years ago, the landscape of legal help for those who could not afford a lawyer was markedly different than what we know today. At that time, there was no right to counsel in criminal cases and all forms of legal aid were provided by a limited patchwork of charitable organizations scattered around the country. Though we have come far, substantial barriers to meaningful access to justice remain. Watch this program to engage in a high-level discussion regarding the state of legal assistance in America, the needs of those unable to obtain such assistance, and how the challenges of today, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for racial equity and justice, will shape the future. Our panel of esteemed national thinkers drawn from the public defense and civil legal aid communities examines the data, innovations, and trends that will drive the future of providing legal services to those in need, with the ultimate goal of ensuring equal access to justice for all.
Lauren Sudeall , Associate Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center of Access to Justice, Georgia State Law, Atlanta, GA
Peter Edelman , Professor of Law and Public Policy, Georgetown University, Washington DC
Jeffrey Robinson , Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality, American Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY
Rebecca Sandefur , Professor, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ