As part of its mission to develop and encourage means of expanding access to the civil justice system for unrepresented low-income Wisconsin residents, in the summer and fall of 2012 the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission (the Commission) held a series of public hearings at six locations around the state: Green Bay, Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Madison, La Crosse, and Wausau. The Wisconsin Supreme Court established the Commission in 2009 in recognition of the vast unmet civil legal needs of low-income Wisconsin residents.1 Those needs were documented by the State Bar of Wisconsin in its 2007 report, Bridging the Justice Gap: Wisconsin’s Unmet Legal Needs, which called for a comprehensive program to fund and provide civil services in Wisconsin. Progress toward meeting the challenges described in that report has been uneven.2 The primary purposes of the Commission’s 2012 hearings were to (1) gather information about and raise awareness of access-to-justice issues in Wisconsin, the current availability of civil legal services, and the unmet need for legal services; and (2) form an active network of advocates for access to justice and civil legal services.
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