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Access to justice

Author: Deborah L Rhode
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
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Criticizes a legal system in which only the wealthy can afford essential services from the country's numerous attorneys. As legislators cut budgets for legal-aid providers and as prestigious law firms reduce their pro bono commitments to mere lip service, the poor find themselves represented by unqualified and negligent lawyers in criminal cases and by no one at all in civil courts and bureaucratic proceedings.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah L Rhode
ISBN: 0195143477 9780195143478
OCLC Number: 53307696
Description: xi, 252 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Too Much Law, Too Little Justice Equal Justice Under Law: The Gap Between Principle and Practice A. Defining The Goal: Access For Whom? For What? How Much? And Who Should Decide? The Increasing Role of Law and the Rationale for Legal Assistance The Inadequacy of Legal Assistance Self-Representation and Nonlawyer Assistance The Limitations of Lawyers' Pro Bono Service An Agenda For Reform Litigation and Its Discontents: Too Much Law For Those Who Can Afford It, Too Little for Everybody Else Legal Hypochondria: Argument by Anecdote Redefining the Problem: Inefficiency, Inconsistency, and Inequity Reassessing Causes; Rethinking Solutions Historical Perspectives: Legal Rights and Social Wrongs Early Understandings of Access to Justice 1. The Evolution of a Right to Counsel in Criminal Proceedings 2. Civil Legal Services for the (Deserving) Poor 3. From Clients to Causes: Pro Bono and Public Interest Representation 4. Restraints on Competition: Advertising, Solicitation, Minimum Fees, and Group Legal Services 5. Nonlawyer Services 6. The Historical Legacy IV Access to What? Law Without Lawyers and New Models of Legal Assistance Law Without Lawyers Policing the Professional Monopoly One Stop Shopping: Multidisciplinary Practice Making Lawyers' Services More Accessible Locked In and Locked Out: The Legal Needs of Low-Income Communities A. The Challenges of Triage: Which Needs to Meet and Who Should Decide Critics From the Right; Critics From the Left Expanding the Scope of Legal Assistance: More Funds, Fewer Restrictions Ensuring an Effective System Presumed Guilty: Class Injustice and Criminal Justice Institutionalized Injustice: Defense Counsel for the Poor Inadequate Responses to Inadequate Representation When the Difference is Death Making Rights a Reality Pro Bono in Principle and in Practice A. The Rationale for Pro Bono Responsibilities The Extent of Pro Bono Responsibilities: Rules and Realities The Evolution of Law School Pro Bono Programs. Influences on Pro Bono Work: An Empirical Analysis of Workplace Factors Law School Pro Bono Programs: An Empirical Analysis An Agenda for Reform: Connecting Principles to Practice A Roadmap For Reform 7. Government Funding and Bar Pro Bono Contributions 8. Structural Changes in Dispute Resolution and the Delivery of Legal Services 9. Accountability The Politics of Progress.
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Written by America's leading expert on legal ethics, this book vividly chronicles the wide gap between the lofty aspirations and harsh realities of American justice. Avoiding both simplistic  Read more...

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