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Interim report: Everybody knows

Today's "Justice in Jeopardy: Expanding Access to Justice in Challenging Economic Times" at the Richardson Law School was most interesting. Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow revealed that 63 million Americans -- that's 1 out of 5 -- now qualify for legal assistance because they fall within 125% of the poverty level, the highest in the history of this country. OK. Except the means to deliver that assistance is also at an all time low. Result? Those who need legal assistance don't get it. It's kinda something that everybody knows.

I'm waiting for a certain attorney to OK a quote for accuracy before making a blog post here, and I'm also making notes to write a post about what it will really take to make "Bill 54" work. But maybe everything falls into the "everybody knows" category and I don't even need to write it.

In the meantime, "the poor stay poor, and the rich get rich, that's how it goes -- everybody knows."



So for the time being, bella ciao!

H. Doug Matsuoka
12 June 2012
Makiki, Honolulu

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