Solving injustice requires lawyers. Our legal system is so complicated that without lawyers, people cannot enforce their rights. Lawyers are vitally important to the rule of law, yet there are so few dedicated to serving the needs of disadvantaged communities.
According to the legal services corporation, over 80% of the legal needs of Americans are not met with the help of a legal service provider. As a result, the US ranks 68th out of 97 countries in the world in "affordable access to civil justice."
This disparity prevents tenants, workers, and consumers from ensuring that they have adequate housing, safe workplaces, and fair creditors. It also prevents local residents and groups from using the law to positively move the community forward.Click here to learn more about our mission.
In order to solve injustice, we have two programs. The first utilizes an innovative model to serve the legal needs of everyone in the neighborhood who cannot afford a lawyer, in any legal subject area. We do all the work on a case before litigation: investigation, research, mediation, administrative filings, and negotiated settlements. We also help prepare clients for small claims court, or if they need full litigation, we work with our partners to find pro bono or low-cost counsel. Click here to read about our legal services program.
Our second program creatively uses the law to build local wealth. The first stage of this program is to help local businesses attract investment through direct public offerings on a web platform we're constructing. The second stage is to use this exchange to fund development of community-owned real property. The third stage is to build local wealth through diversified ownership of these local assets. Click here to read about our community development program.