Fundamental to our sense of justice is the idea that we are all equal before the law. But atmospheric equality is cold comfort without on-the-ground access to justice. Sir James Mathew, an Irish judge, said more than 100 years ago that justice in England is open to all, like the Ritz Hotel.1 Justice here, and no doubt now in England, is more accessible than a fancy hotel. But justice in a nation dedicated to liberty and the proposition that all of us are created equal should still be better. American efforts thus far to improve access to justice for all have fallen short, especially for those of us of low and moderate means.
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