By Susan Beck:The American Lawyer | July 2015 LINK:

Big Law is flourishing, yet legal aid is in crisis. Isn’t it time for more of the nation’s biggest firms and wealthiest lawyers to pledge serious money?

Maria Smith, a supervising attorney of the housing unit at The_ Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, says they just don't have the resources to represent most people facing eviction, or other crucial legal problems. The nonprofit is still depleted from cuts made during the recession, down to 40 lawyers from 55. Last year it had to turn away 57 percent of the more than 17 ,000 legal matters of all kinds that people brought to them.