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Studies

  • The Pennsylvania IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts) Board report released in May 2012, entitled A Report on Pennsylvania's Access to Justice Act, FY 2004 - 2011, is available here. An accompanying Report on the Economic Impact of Legal Aid Provided by PLAN Organizations 2011, found that in 2011, $53.6 million invested in Pennsylvania legal services yielded $594 million in income and savings for residents and communities and supported 2,643 jobs. This report concluded that the total economic impact of civil legal assistance in 2011 to Pennsylvania's low- income individuals and families was $594 million, representing a greater than eleven-fold return on the investment of $53.6 million from all funding sources. Additional reports and studies are available here.

  • The Boston Bar Association's Task Force on Civil Right to Counsel has released a report describing the two eviction pilots run by the Task Force over the past several years in Quincy District Court and Northeast Housing Court. The report is a follow up to the BBA Task Force's 2008 report called Gideon's New Trumpet.

  • The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation released the 2011 Economic Benefit Statement, which shows that legal aid programs funded by the MLAC boosts Massachusetts's economy, generating an estimated $53.2 million in new revenue and cost savings. This report is available here.

  • June, 2011, The Reinvestment Fund Releases Initial Report of Findings of a study of the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program and Executive Summary. Click here to read the Inquirer Editorial, “Saving Homes,” published on June 22, 2011 and here for additional articles.

  • May, 2011, The Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee released a Performance Audit of Pennsylvania's Access to Justice Act. Click here for an executive summary of the Performance Audit and here for a copy of a press release from AOPC.

  • Legal Services Corporation, Documenting the Justice Gap In America: The Current Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans (September 2009), is available here.

  • The Pennsylvania IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts) Board released a report in 2009, entitled Results of the Pennsylvania Access to Justice Act: A Report on the Filing-Fee Surcharge Law, FY 2004-2008 (February 2009), which demonstrates both the extensive need for legal representation among low income Pennsylvanians and the benefits of providing additional revenues to help fund legal services is available here.

  • A report written by Melanca Clark and Maggie Barron, entitled Foreclosures: A Crisis in Legal Representation, published by the Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law, on October 6, 2009, is available here. For more information about the study and the Brennan Center generally, click here.

  • A study by The Perryman Group, entitled The Impact of Legal Aid Services on Economic Activity in Texas: An Analysis of Current Efforts and Expansion Potential (February 2009), which found that for every direct dollar expended in the state for indigent civil legal services, the overall annual gains to the economy are $7.42 in total spending, $3.56 in gross output and $2.20 in personal income, is available here.