Access to Justice

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Oxford University Press, 23/09/2004 - 272 páginas
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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 law in 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 the inequities 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 legal services, maximizing individual's opportunities to represent themselves, and making effective legal services more affordable for all Americans who need them.
 

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Índice

The Gap between Principle and Practice
3
Too Much Law for Those Who Can Afford It Too Little for Everyone Else
24
Legal Rights and Social Wrongs
47
4 Access to What? Law without Lawyers and New Models of Legal Assistance
79
The Legal Needs of LowIncome Communities
103
Class Injustice in Criminal Justice
122
7 Pro Bono in Principle and in Practice
145
8 A Roadmap for Reform
185
Notes
195
Index
241
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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 impeachment issues. She has received the Keck Foundation Award for Distinguished Scholarship on Legal Ethics by the American Bar Foundation as well as the Pro Bono Publico Award from the American Bar Association. This is her twelfth book.

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