National Center for Access to Justice

News Coverage of Justice Index 2016 Launch

On May 11, 2016, NCAJ launched the new “Justice Index 2016” with an evening panel discussion at The Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, IL, issuance of a press release describing leading findings of Justice Index 2016, and publication of the new findings along with new data visualizations at the Justice Index 2016’s newly redesigned web site,

Justice Index 2016,

The panelists described the impact and importance of the Justice Index as follows:

  • David Udell, Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice at Cardozo Law School, and Jamie Gamble, Senior Attorney, demonstrated the Justice Index 2016 showing leading and trailing states, the count of civil legal aid lawyers, and the trends in adoption of best policies for helping people without lawyers, people with limited English proficiency and people with disabilities.
  • Karen Lash, Executive Director, White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable, and Deputy Director, Office on Access to Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, and Christine Stoneman‪, Acting Chief, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, Civil Rights Division, talked about the importance of the Justice Index as a research initiative aligned with the Department’s goals of increasing access to justice, including access for people with limited English proficiency.
  • Bob Glaves, Executive Director, The Chicago Bar Foundation, talked about the importance of the Justice Index to the legal aid community and to the bar.
  • Danielle Hirsch, Assistant Director of the Civil Justice Division, Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, and Erika Rickard, Access to Justice Coordinator, Massachusetts Trial Court, talked about ways in which the Justice Index aligns with the goals and initiatives of their respective courts.
Justice Index Launch Panel

Justice Index Launch Panel – Palmer House Hotel

Reporters are covering Justice Index 2016 in more than a dozen articles published already, with more pieces anticipated in the days ahead. Here are links to some of the stories:

I.  Editorials and Analysis:

Undue Process:  Poor People Lose Homes, Children and Money Without A Lawyer – Salon

Illinois Ranks in Top 10 for Court Access – Chicago Daily Bulletin

One More Way the Courts Aren’t Working for the Poor – The Nation

How the High Cost of Justice Pushes the Poor in Jail – The Intercept

Poor People Don’t Stand a Chance in Court – Think Progress

How States are Failing to Provide Justice for All – Pacific Standard

There’s a Devastating Shortage of lawyers in the US who can Help the Poor With Eviction or Child Custody Cases – Quartz

New Data, Companion Website, Score States on Access to Justice – LawSites by Robert Ambrogi

II.  General News Coverage

Access to Justice Best in D.C. and Massachusetts, Worst in Mississippi and Wyoming – The National Law Journal

Survey Finds NY Excels in Some Facets of Access to Justice – The New York Law Journal

New York State Civil Courts Rank 22nd in Access for Poor – Newsday

These States have Best and Worst Access to Justice – ABA Journal

Pobres e inmigrantes tienen menos acceso a abogados en casos civiles – El Diario

III.  Language Access Coverage

Court Interpreters “Invaluable” – The Garden Island (Hawaii)

Hawaii court interpreter service gets top national ranking – Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Hawaii Ranks No. 3 in Access to Justice – Honolulu Civil Beat

Hawaii Court Interpreter Service Gets Top National Ranking – Hawaii News Now

Hawaii Courts Top Nation with Support for Non-English Speakers – KHON 2 Television

Hawaii Court Interpreter Service Gets Top National Ranking – West Hawaii Today

State Briefs for May 12: Court Interpreter Service Gets Top National Ranking – Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Hawai’i Courts Rank Third in Accessibility – Big Island Now

Hawaii Court Interpreter Service Gets Top National Ranking – The Washington Times

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