Geoff and I agree that "We ought to be much more serious about legal aid for the poor." There is-to borrow Geoff s phrase-"greater urgency to ... make procedural justice a reality"; but not for the reasons Geoff has advanced.
The urgency derives from an ever-increasing awareness of the widening gulf between those whom our society has blessed with its abundance and those who have too little.
Think of it... as Roy just mentioned... yesterday, the Dow closed above 9,000. For the first time in recent memory, the federal government is projecting a surplus. Yet, 13% of our population continues to live in seemingly intractable poverty. And, still, we cannot find the price of two B-1 bombers to provide them with adequate legal services.
"Comments on After Legal Aid is Abolished,"
Journal of the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics: Vol. 2
, Article 28.
Available at: http://scholarlycommons.law.hofstra.edu/jisle/vol2/iss1/28