The justice gap in the United States is broader now than ever. In 2022, the Legal Services Corporation’s (LSC) completed a study that demonstrates that low-income people receive little to no help for an astounding 92% of their significant civil legal problems. As a result, many of them experience adverse consequences, like the unjust loss of their homes, financial exploitation, the denial of veterans benefits, and domestic violence.
On July 13, 2022, the LSC held a virtual forum on Increasing Access to Justice during which local and national leaders discussed the importance of civil legal aid and what measures can be taken to support lower-income individuals in civil proceedings.
Regional corporate leaders shared their insight on the impact of the justice gap during the forum as well. Additionally, a panel of judges and legal aid practitioners discussed actions Chicago and other cities have taken to support low-income renters faced with the threat of eviction.
You can view the forum here.