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Too many shut out of justice, ABA president says

September 17, 2014

Reprinted with permission from The Chicago Sun Times

William C. Hubbard, president of the American Bar Association, calls it "the justice gap."

Deep down, all Americans believe they have a right to their day in court. They probably don't envision that might mean a day in court with no lawyer on hand to guide them through it. But that's the reality for an increasing number of people, perhaps one reason the World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index ranks the United States only 19th out of 99 countries on access to justice.

"We have an intractable problem in our country, and that is lack of access to our justice system," Hubbard said this week in a meeting with the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board while he was in town for the ABA's annual Section Officers Conference. "Research has shown that 80 percent of the poor in this country do not have access to legal services."

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