I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again. —Stephen Grellet, Quaker Missionary
In March 2010, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Professor Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School to head up the Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Initiative. Speaking at a National Institute of Justice conference on June 14, 2010, Professor Tribe concluded, “The truth is that as a nation, we face nothing short of a justice crisis. It is a crisis both acute and chronic, affecting not only the poor but also the middle class. The situation we face is unconscionable.” Tribe’s characterization of the American civil justice system is borne out in recently collected data that speaks to the deplorable state of affairs for millions of Americans with unmet legal needs.