Access to Justice

171 ABA Journal Access to Justice articles.

ABA advocacy builds momentum for bipartisan legislation aiding homeless veterans

Recent legislative developments in the nation’s campaign to end veteran homelessness is attributable in part to the persistent efforts of ABA members working in conjunction with the ABA’s Governmental Affairs Office.

With Kimball Dean Parker’s tools, people are better able to access the justice system
Kimball Dean Parker’s first legal technology business was not a moneymaker. But it planted a seed.
Mississippi ranks last when it comes to access to justice; Tiffany Graves hopes to change that
Growing up in a working-class household and with a large extended family in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Tiffany Graves knows what it looks like when a lawyer’s services are out of reach.
Nonlawyers could invest in law firms and own legal businesses under Utah work group’s proposal

A Utah task force is proposing a “regulatory sandbox” to allow experimentation with nonlawyer ownership of legal businesses and nonlawyer investment in law firms.

New legal services providers would test…

Signing use-of-force bill, governor vows more changes to ‘biased, random’ justice system

In his first few months as California’s governor, Gavin Newsom made some critics question his commitment to fixing the state’s troubled prison system.

Though he had run as a reformer,…

Forgoing bug bounties and disclosure policies, legal tech leaves lawyers vulnerable

With the state of anti-hacking law in the U.S. and the insecure nature of online software, bug bounties and vulnerability disclosure policies are front-line, standard practices that should be a part of most any organization’s cybersecurity posture.

What do you do with your cellphone while you’re in court?

At the recent 2019 ABA Annual Meeting, the House of Delegates approved a resolution that encouraged courts and bar associations to review their policies on cellphone use and admittance…

Cellphone use in courthouses is an ‘access-to-justice issue,’ ABA House says
The ABA House of Delegates on Tuesday approved a resolution encouraging courts and bar associations to review their policies on the use and admittance of cellphones in courthouses.
Story with racial justice theme wins ABA Journal’s 2019 Ross essay contest for legal fiction

A lawyer who promotes economic security for survivors of domestic violence has won the 2019 ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction. Yvette Butler won the prize for a fictional story with a theme of racial justice. Writing the story was “an outlet to process what’s going on” regarding the “everlasting, amorphous war on terror” as well as issues surrounding police treatment of black people, she says.

In patent cases, imposing attorney fees will ‘hamper equal access to justice,’ ABA says

In an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, the ABA says: “Imposing governmental attorneys’ fees on patent applicants who choose civil actions under [the law] will…

Nonlawyers could offer legal advice and partly own law firms under these California proposals
The State Bar of California is asking for public comment on proposals that would allow legal technicians to offer legal advice and nonlawyers to hold a financial interest in law firms.
ABE grant helps Iowa open legal clinics in VA medical centers
Are you an attorney who wants to get involved at the border? The ABA offers ways to do it
Federal judge orders intervention in Texas detention centers holding immigrant children

After lawyers’ reports on conditions at a Texas detention center prompted a national outcry in June, a federal judge has ordered an independent monitor to improve health and sanitation at…

AG Barr announces funding, future plans to address public safety crisis in rural Alaska
A month after U.S. Attorney General William Barr visited Alaska to investigate the high rates of sexual assault and family violence and low police presence in rural communities, he has declared a law enforcement emergency in the state.

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