The unmet need for civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing our state’s justice system. In recent weeks, the Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Services in New York reported for the third year in a row that there is a continuing and unacceptable crisis of the unrepresented in the courts of New York state.1 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. We must continue to look for ways to promote access to justice in New York state.
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