Socio-legal scholarship examining issues of access to justice is currently experiencing a renaissance. Renewed inquiry into this field is urgently needed. Studies confirm that only 20 percent of the legal needs of low- income communities are met and that the vast majority of unrepresented litigants are low income, creating what some call a “justice gap” that has become even more urgent in recent years. State tribunals that deal with high-stakes issues particularly relevant to low-income residents, such as family courts and housing courts, are seeing an increasing number of litigants, the majority of whom are unrepresented.
Tonya L. Brito, David J. Pate Jr., and Jia-Hui Stefanie Wong,
"I Do for My Kids": Negotiating Race and Racial Inequality in Family Court,
83 Fordham L. Rev. 3027
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