The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the long-standing dysfunction of the way legal services work in America. The legal needs of ordinary citizens have been dramatically increased by the pandemic and the economic crisis it has caused.

We have long had a genuine crisis in access to justice; in 2019, 70% of Californians facing a legal problem received no legal assistance. Repeated, thoughtful proposals for reform have been quashed by those in the profession who believe they benefit from the status quo.

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