Center representatives join the discussion on the future of legal services

On Tuesday, February 26, Center Executive Director Hadar Harris, Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Director Lauren Bartlett, and Dean’s Fellow Ashley Ahlhom attended The Next 4 Years: What Lies Ahead for Legal Services, Pro Bono, and the Access to Justice?. Currently, best estimates show that only 10-20% of the legal needs of the poor are being met a

nd despite losing over $50 million since 2011, legal services programs continue to face serious chall

enges related to funding.  Co-hosted by the Center for American Progress and the Washington Council of Lawyers, the event addressed the current state of the legal services community and explored opportunities for closing the justice gap that exists for people living in poverty. 

The event featured a keynote address from Congressman Chaka Fattah and a conversation with panelists deeply connected to the legal services community. To learn more, watch the full event video.

The Local Human Rights Lawyering Project (LHRLP) works closely with legal aid attorneys to provide the training, resources, and support necessary to implement human rights at the local level. In focusing on domestic social justice work, the LHRLP helps ensure the protection of fundamental human rights for poor communities throughout the United States. To learn more about the work of the LHRLP and its partner organizations, visit Local Human Rights Lawyering Project.