John Tessitore was honored to sit down with linguist Emily Rae Sabo and her team to discuss the relationship between language access and civil justice. It can be very difficult for English-speakers to navigate legal matters related to family, housing, health care, veterans affairs, debt, employment... It's nearly impossible for people who do not speak … Continue reading Coming soon: We Are What We Speak
The Importance of Data
Last week, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences released the third and final publication in the first phase of its work on civil justice, Measuring Civil Justice for All: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know? How Can We Know It? First Idea was involved in every aspect of the project, … Continue reading The Importance of Data
Everyone Needs Legal Help. That Doesn’t Mean Everyone Needs a Lawyer.
The New York Times has interviewed Rebecca Sandefur, co-editor of the Winter 2019 issue of Daedalus on Access to Justice. Professor Sandefur challenges the legal profession to think creatively about how to provide more legal services to more people in need. The entire volume is available for free online here.
The Importance of Grass Roots Organizing
First Idea Communications is working with the Academy to build grassroots interest among the lawyers; legal services providers; local, state and federal courts; law schools, and others who have been waiting for a detailed overview of the problem to help them make the case for changes, reforms, and innovations in the prevision of legal services.