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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

  • May 13, 2019

    Immigration Enforcement Under Trump Neglects Rule Of Law

    What President Donald Trump and his administration have described as a “humanitarian crisis” at the U.S. southern border is, in reality, a Trump-exacerbated crisis — which demands real solutions, not incendiary rhetoric, cruelty and lawlessness, says David Leopold of Ulmer & Berne.

  • May 12, 2019

    Man Beats Murder Charge, And Odds, By Helming Own Case

    Eight years into what ultimately became a nearly 13-year prison stint, Hassan Bennett made the rare and often criticized choice to take over as his own counsel as he fought charges for a murder he insisted he didn't commit. This month, however, he finally became a free man.

  • May 12, 2019

    Mass. Justices Won't Force Probes For Juror Language Bias

    Judges aren't required to probe potential jurors for bias against non-English speakers in criminal cases where a defendant uses an interpreter, the Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled, though it urged judges to do so when asked.

  • May 12, 2019

    Getting Random With Harvard A2J Lab’s Greiner

    Jim Greiner, director of Harvard University’s Access to Justice Lab, wants to bring randomized controlled trials to the practice of law. He says the results could change the delivery of legal services and help those unable to afford lawyers.

  • May 12, 2019

    Legal Aid Groups Think Bold To Fill Rural Gaps

    Living in a vast state where wide swaths of land are unreachable by road, many Alaskans lack regular access to police, courts and the legal services that concentrate in urban areas. To combat the problem, the Alaska Legal Services Corp. had to accept one fundamental fact.

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