New Task Force to Explore Solutions to the Justice Gap
We are proud and happy to announce the appointment of John Adkins, our Law Library Director, to the new State Bar Civil Justice Strategies Task Force. Members of the new task force were chosen from a mix of State Bar Trustees; lawyers from all types and sizes of firms, legal services programs and self-help centers, bar associations of all kinds, law schools; and the public.
The Hon. Julia Kelety, a long-time judicial trustee for the San Diego Law Library, was gratified the task force included Mr. Adkins, stating “John’s position as Director of the Library, combined with his passion for public access to justice, makes him the perfect person to serve on the task force. I know that he will be a very valuable member of the group.”
The 20-member task force will analyze the reasons for the justice gap and propose potential solutions. The justice gap is the difference between the need for civil legal assistance by low- and moderate-income Californians and the resources available to meet that need. In a series of public hearings, this spring and summer, the task force will interview various groups who have previously attempted to resolve the justice gap, and study creative solutions from other states and countries. The task force will develop a proposed action plan with recommendations for the State Bar Board of Trustees.
“I am honored to be included in this groundbreaking study. This is important work that I have been championing on a local level for some time now” says Mr. Adkins, a long-time advocate of access to justice issues. Mr. Adkins recently hosted the second meeting of the Legal Futures Summit, a group he formed to bring together leaders from different aspects of the San Diego County legal community to narrow the justice gap through partnerships and collaboration. Mr. Adkins feels that his summit is a great launch for working on this state-wide task force. “Sometimes people forget that each county’s public law library exists for this very purpose: to provide free self-help services to pro pers and indigent defendants,” he stated.