Access To Justice

Paperback | December 8, 2005

byDeborah L. Rhode

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"Equal Justice Under Law" is one of America's most proudly proclaimed and widely violated legal principles. But it comes nowhere close to describing the legal system in practice. Millions of Americans lack any access to justice, let alone equal access. Worse, the increasing centrality of lawin American life and its growing complexity has made access to legal assistance critical for all citizens. Yet according to most estimates about four-fifths of the legal needs of the poor, and two- to three-fifths of the needs of middle-income individuals remain unmet. This book reveals theinequities of legal assistance in America, from the lack of access to educational services and health benefits to gross injustices in the criminal defense system. It proposes a specific agenda for change, offering tangible reforms for coordinating comprehensive systems for the delivery of legalservices, maximizing individual's opportunities to represent themselves, and making effective legal services more affordable for all Americans who need them.

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"Equal Justice Under Law" is one of America's most proudly proclaimed and widely violated legal principles. But it comes nowhere close to describing the legal system in practice. Millions of Americans lack any access to justice, let alone equal access. Worse, the increasing centrality of lawin American life and its growing complexity h...

Deborah L. Rhode is Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and Director of the Stanford Center on Ethics at Stanford University. She has served as president of the Association of American Law Schools, Chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession, and senior counsel for the House Judiciary Committee on im...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 5.71 × 8.82 × 0.71 inPublished:December 8, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195306481

ISBN - 13:9780195306484

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Table of Contents

1. Equal Justice Under Law: The Gap between Principle and Practice2. Litigation and Its Discontents: Too Much Law for Those Who Can Afford It, Too Little for Everyone Else3. Historical Perspectives: Legal Rights and Social Wrongs4. Access to What? Law without Lawyers and New Models of Legal Assistance5. Locked In and Locked Out: The Legal Needs of Low-Income Communities6. Presumed Guilty: Class Injustice in Criminal Justice7. Pro Bono in Principle and in Practice8. A Roadmap for ReformNotes. Index.

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"Based on decades of study, the book fights myths with facts, and offers a comprehensive look at the haphazard way Americans find help, or fail to, for their most serious legal problems. For anyone who really cares about the American system of justice, this beautifully written book isindispensable."--David Luban, author of Lawyers and Justice