As if we needed more confirmation that there is an access to justice crisis in our nation, there seems to be more press coverage about the subject than ever.
I wonder if because the journalists are taking up the issue so vehemently (presumably because the public cares about the issue, or at least should care), will the lawmakers follow suit — will they hear us?
Today, this story ran in New York — For More and More Low-Income New Yorkers, Civil Legal Services Are Just Out of Reach.
Last week, out of Baltimore– At 100th anniversary, Md. Legal Aid seeing record caseload.
In Nebraska — More Nebraskans need legal aid services
From the New York Times– Legal Assistance in Civil Cases Under Growing Threat
From Center of Public Integrity — HUD cuts to devastate mortgage counseling agencies across nation
You get my point. I only hope that some viable solutions are
Looking more broadly, a similar public debate about the desperate need for legal aid funding and access-to-justice solutions is stirring in the U.K., Ireland, Lebanon, Laos and other countries.
Here are few of the recent headlines from around the world:
Tanzania — CJ identifies flaws in Constitution
So, here are a couple of questions I have… Can we look abroad for solutions to our access to justice crisis? How, if at all, does our access to justice crisis affect other countries’ justice issues?