Speaking about the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force to some folks with long memories and a lot more knowledge than I have:
“It’s nothing new.”
Me: True, the Court and the Bar have wrestled wth these important issues before: how to help those who self represent? what kind of self-help can we provide? what works best? how do we get the information out to those who need it?
Them: There have been the Sargent Shriver pilot projects, self-help centers, programs for self-represented litigants, reports and action plans about integrating services for self-represented litigants into the court system, a 2004 Task Force that came up with a statewide action plan for serving self-represented litigants, and several committees and reports about model self-help this, pilot program that.
Me: All true, but I can say that the focus of this Task Force is on the justice gap — where a multitude of affordable lawyers are available for those people who can afford them, but they cannot seem to find each other. At the same time, the Task Force is also addressing the issue of the crushing debtload of most law school graduates, and raising some solutions to that problem, too.
Them: Oh. That’s different.