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As those of us in the access to justice movement know too well, across the country thousands of people arrive at court every day both unrepresented and unsure of where to go. Many believe that solving this access crisis will require non-lawyer involvement but until now there hasn’t been a universal framework for evaluating these programs. Now a new report funded by the Public Welfare Foundation and published by The American Bar Foundation and the National Center for State Courts, Increasing Access To Justice Through Expanded “Roles Beyond Lawyers”: Preliminary Evaluation And Classification Frameworks, offers just that.