Earlier I listed some of the recent blog posts I enjoyed. Below are some recent newsworthy items from around the state, nation and world:
- Out of Knoxville TN: Public meeting to discuss increasing need of legal help for poor.
- Out of Texas: Opinion Piece – New OAG Service Helps Parents Address Visitation Concerns.
- Out of Vancouver, Canada: High fees that block access to the courts block access to justice.
- Out of Colorado: Justice for all – Salt Lake City attorney serves the homeless.
- Out of Oregon: Hard Times for Access to Justice – Economic Downturn is Beginning to Take its Toll in Oregon.
- Out of the UK: Judge rules CPS wrong to deny victim with mental illness right to fight for justice.
- Out of Minneapolis/St. Paul: Court of Appeals testing new mediation process.
- From NPR: Immigration Crackdown Overwhelms Judges.
- Out of Washington: AGs push for mortgage modifications.
- Out of West Virginia – State must submit plan to prevent juvenile racial injustice.
- Out of Tulsa, OK: A lawful dosage. A medical-legal partnership fills in some gaps in child health-care issues.
- Out of North Carolina: Legal Aid in demand and in a bind.
- Out of New Jersey: Agency that gives legal help to poor is in financial crisis.
- Out of Florida: Judge John Blue Receives 2009 Chief Justice’s Distinguished Judicial Service Award.
- Out of Massachusetts: President of One Laptop Per Child to speak Feb. 10. (yes this is past, but it’s still worth reading)
- From Berkeley: Bringing it all back home – In her new job, Wilda White pursues a lifelong passion for social justice.
- Out of Massachussets: Legal services needed for immigrants in Milford.
- Also from Massachussetts: Letter From The President Of The Boston Bar Association.
- Out of Mississippi: Miss. legal aid grows scarce as economy gets worse – Unlike in the criminal justice system, indigent in civil cases aren’t guaranteed an attorney.
- Out of England: Let’s not be too misty eyed about legal aid, but it is at a crossroads.
- From Chattanooga: 6 Chattanooga Law Firms Commit To Greater Legal Service For The Poor.
- Out of Florida: Judge calls on Lawyers – Supreme Court judge would like to see equal justice.
Oh, there’s more, but I have to stop somewhere.
Besides, this list is just in case you have a few moments . . .
If the poor no longer have equal access to justice, the fabric of our much-admired judicial system will be torn apart. American democracy will suffer a serious blow.
Each morning I check through my Access to Justice Google Alerts for topics that may be relevant to the work of the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission. Sometimes the topics are pertinent, sometimes not. This morning however, an article caught my eye and when I read it, I was blown away.
This article comes out of Hennepin County, which includes the city of Minneapolis. Hennepin County has led the country with some of its innovations for self-represented litigants via their court self-help centers. The writers are eloquent as well as practical.
Please take a moment to read through this great opinion piece entitled “Two Americas: Judicial budget cuts could create two systems of justice.”