WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2023 – Three experts and a prominent legal writer will discuss the state of civil legal aid in the United States in a special online program hosted by the American Bar Association today as part of the release of the 2023 Profile of the Legal Profession, an annual compilation of statistics and trends among lawyers, judges and law students.
The one-hour webinar, “Civil Legal Aid in America: A Challenge for Equal Justice,” will begin at 11:30 a.m. EST. It will explore aspects of a new chapter in the profile report that shows differences in the number of legal aid attorneys among the 50 states and even within states. The report highlights areas that have many legal aid lawyers and places where there are few.
The profile report is a free, 140-page compilation of statistics and trends about lawyers, judges and law students, gathered from within the ABA, the federal government and nonprofit organizations. The fifth-annual report includes 10 sections on demographics, wages, law schools, judges, pro bono work, women in the profession, legal technology, lawyer well-being, lawyer discipline and legal aid.
Today’s webinar panel includes:
- Lincoln Caplan (moderator) – Yale University lecturer and author of law and public affairs books and articles, including “The Invisible Justice Problem”
- Rebecca Sandefur – Arizona State University professor, director of the Sandford School of Social and Family Dynamics and a faculty fellow with the American Bar Foundation
- Radhika Singh – National Legal Aid & Defender Association vice president for civil legal services and strategic policy initiatives
- Jeniece Jones – Executive director of the Public Justice Center, a Maryland statewide civil legal service provider
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