An updated report of the Legal Services Corporation, September 2009

This report updates and expands the Legal Services Corporation’s groundbreaking 2005 report Documenting the Justice Gap in America: The Current Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans, first released in September 2005, which documented the enormous challenge the nation faces in providing civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families. 

This report, completed in September 2009, shows that a continuing, major justice gap exists in our nation: for every person helped by LSC-funded legal aid programs, another is turned away. That was the primary finding in 2005 and LSC’s collection of data from LSC-funded programs across the country in 2009 reaffirms that finding. This report replicates the methodologies and analysis used in 2005 and includes data on unrepresented litigants.