This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the nation's largest funder of civil legal aid, and the need for legal services has peaked, with more than 61 million low-income Americans eligible for such assistance when facing crises like foreclosure and domestic violence. In addition to calls for increased funding, LSC and courts are creating commissions and taskforces to identify innovative solutions to meet the ever increasing demand. Proposed reforms include creating online pro bono portals and incentivizing law students to respond to unmet legal needs through clinics and fellowships. What other strategic responses to the legal services crisis are being advanced? Can we point to successful civil right-to-counsel or "Civil Gideon" efforts?
Honorable Nathan L. Hecht, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Texas
Honorable Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court
Honorable Chase T. Rogers, Chief Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court
Honorable David S. Tatel, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Honorable Eric T. Washington, Chief Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Moderated by ACS President Caroline Fredrickson