Legal representation is fundamental to safeguarding access to the legal system. Yet, in the United States, millions of people who are poor or low-income are unable to obtain legal representation when facing a crisis such as eviction, foreclosure, domestic violence, workplace discrimination, termination of subsistence income or medical assistance, loss of child custody, or deportation. Indeed, in the U.S., only a small fraction of the legal problems experienced by low-income people — fewer than one in five — is addressed with the assistance of legal representation.
Human Rights Institute,
Access to Counsel in Civil Cases,
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/human_rights_institute/37