December 10, 2020 Feature

COVID-19 and the Access-to-Justice Crisis

William H. Neukom and Elizabeth Andersen
The pandemic makes clear that simply adding more lawyers will not meet the vast need for justice-related services.

The pandemic makes clear that simply adding more lawyers will not meet the vast need for justice-related services.

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The United States is facing a serious access-to-justice crisis, and the legal profession has a critical role in responding. Data gathered by the World Justice Project (WJP; https://worldjusticeproject.org) highlight the challenge and point the way to priority initiatives to address it. (Disclaimer: The authors are executives with the WJP.)

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