With increased complexity in the law and numerous funding restrictions, organizations providing legal help have specialized in particular areas of the law and have varying eligibility criteria. Frequently, those people needing legal help enter a “wrong door” and are referred improperly, which is a drain on already extremely limited resources. The purpose of this gathering is to ensure that legal aid organizations are aware of the types of legal assistance that are available when they make referrals for either their clients or others who have contacted an agency that doesn’t provide the legal assistance needed.
Legal needs studies across the United States show that fewer than 20% of low-income households are able to get any legal help to address their civil problems. The most recent Utah study, conducted in 2006, indicated that only 13% of low-income Utahns received legal help.
“AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” was established in 1999 by members of Utah’s legal community and Utah’s three largest providers of civil legal aid—Disability Law Center, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake, and Utah Legal Services—to increase access to justice for disadvantaged Utahns. The Utah State Bar represents lawyers in the State of Utah and serves the public and the legal profession by promoting justice, professional excellence, civility, ethics, respect for and understanding of the law.