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Access to Justice

Law360 is on a mission to shed light on how the rule of law can shape communities and explore important, and often overlooked, issues that impact the ability of individuals to navigate a complex legal system. We are proud to announce our weekly Access to Justice newsletter, which will deliver stories to all readers, free of charge, on trends affecting the justice gap, pro bono programs and difference makers helping citizens with the fewest resources gain access to the courts.

Latest News in Access to Justice

  • March 15, 2019

    Don't Overlook First Step Act Pilot Programs

    Much attention has been paid to certain First Step Act reforms and their impacts on those serving prison sentences, but two less-heralded programs created by the law could drastically reduce sentences for large swaths of the current prison population, say Addy Schmitt and Ian Herbert of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • March 17, 2019

    Identity Crisis: Do Immigration Judges Need More Freedom?

    Calls to make immigration judges independent from the executive branch are growing louder following sweeping policy changes under the Trump administration.

  • March 17, 2019

    Tenant Access To Eviction Counsel Gains Steam In Philly

    After spending two years providing low-income tenants facing possible eviction with pro bono legal representation, Philadelphia's mayor and City Council are taking steps to make the pilot program permanent.

  • March 17, 2019

    Epstein Case Gives Victims’ Rights A Defining Moment

    A blockbuster decision last month that a secret non-prosecution deal between the government and a millionaire sex offender violated the Crime Victims Rights Act highlights the importance of making sure victims have a seat at the table, experts say.

  • March 17, 2019

    Philly’s Skewed Bail System Stranding The Poor, Suit Says

    Josh Glenn should have been going to high school when he turned 17, but instead he was sitting in a Philadelphia jail cell after his family was unable to afford bail. More than a decade later, he's joined the ACLU in a newly filed lawsuit challenging allegedly excessive bail practices on the part of Philadelphia judges.

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  • Legal aid programs and funding
  • Right to counsel
  • Pro se rights
  • Sentencing and bail reform
  • Pro bono efforts
  • Judicial backlogs and shortages
  • Technology that improves access to justice
  • Crime victims’ access to justice