Monthly Archives: August 2012

Discharging Student Loans — Self-Represented Effectiveness

The NY Times has an interesting article on how few student loans are discharged in bankruptcy — actually an additional procedure with different standards is needed.  There’s a debate about whether the problem is lack of attempts, or the admittedly … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Rights, Research and Evalation

How to — and How Not to — Talk about Increasing Resources for Access Services

In the last few days, I have been in three different conversations about how to talk about the need for resource for access advocacy. There has been a common theme in these discussions — the unfortunate tendency for this to … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, Legal Aid

NCSC Launches New Court Access Center

Here is the announcement: New Court Access Center The Center on Court Access to Justice for All (Access Center), an initiative of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), helps judges and courts advance access to justice, especially for poor … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice Generally, Court Management, Self-Help Services

Payday Loans, Non-Payment, Default Judgement, Warrant, Incarceration — What About Due Process

This makes my blood boil. As reported in the St Louis Post Dispatch, and picked up by the Brennan Center: Still, people do go to jail over private debt. It’s a regular occurrence in metro St. Louis, on both sides … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice Generally, Foreclosure

A Step Forward: New York Times Endorses Judicial Candidate Based on Experience with the Self-Represented

Its nice to see, and good news for the self-represented, regardless of the merits (on which this blog is not here commenting).  The Gray Lady endorsing a judicial candidate based on experience dealing with the self-represented. CIVIL COURT, THE BRONX, … Continue reading

Posted in Judicial Ethics, Self-Help Services | 1 Comment

American Judicature Society and Drake Law Review Offer Opportunity to Advance Analysis of Due Process

The tenth Symposium Issue of the Drake Law Review, co-sponsored with the American Judicature Society, will be on “Access To Justice: Where Is The Boundary For Due Process?” This is a great opportunity for the access to justice community to … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice Generally

Two Perspectives on Standardization and Efficiency, and a Suggested Synthesis

A recent New Yorker article talks about possible lessons for the health care system from the highly efficient production and management system of middle range chain restaurants like Cheesecake Factory. To show me how a Cheesecake Factory works, [the host] … Continue reading

Posted in Medical System Comparision, Systematic Change, Technology | 2 Comments