Work on Closing the Justice Gap

, New York Law Journal


Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, writes: Every year, millions of the most vulnerable New Yorkers are left to navigate a complex legal system without the help of a lawyer. We have made great strides in addressing the justice gap between the need for legal assistance and the resources available to fill that need through increased public funding and the efforts of the judiciary and the bar. But the job is far from done.

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  • Michael

    What about the judicial gap in criminal law practice? Until an indigent defendant can get the same respect, advocacy and kid-glove plea bargains that the elite and rich are able to receive, fixing the 'civil' dispartiy is a joke. The working class/poor defendants who can not afford an attorney whose FIrm Name demands respect from the toady ADAs, get stuck either without an attorney (make too much money to get one for free) or with an attorney who major focus is to clear his calendar, and plea bargain as many cases as possible. Wrongly convicted persons have one thing in common: court appointed counsel. Until my attorney or I can garner as much respect in the CriminaL Court, as the elite, rich or longstanding attorneys who chage over $250 an hour, the ADAs will continue to focus on their trial winning percentage, and impressing an elite lawyer (so they can practice in their firm and earn more money when they leave the DAs office). Sad part is, you dopes keep focusin on Civil cases, which rarely deprive the poor of their liberty.

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