Alternative Legal Professionals and Access to Justice: Failure, Success, and the Evolving Influence of the Washington State LLLT Program (The Genie is Out of the Bottle)

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Spring 2022


The existence of a civil justice gap is wide, uncontested, and shows no signs of narrowing. Research dating back to the 1970s documents a significant shortfall in the availability of civil legal services for many people.1 On the demand side, the problem is deeper than the perennial concern with legal services for the poor and includes a significant share of the American populace.2 On the supply or delivery side, it goes beyond the perpetually inadequate legal aid models or pro bono schemes aimed largely at that traditional demand-side concern alone.

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