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Five Myths Linked to Access to Justice

In October 2018, HELP: MLP evaluator, James Teufel, and HELP: MLP director, Daniel Atkins, along with other colleagues, co-authored Debunking Five Myths Linked to the Narrow Perspective of Access to Justice. The article, published in Management Information Exchange Journal, discusses the current evidence-based practice of law to debunk myths related to legal services for low-income populations. The five myths are: That we live in a litigious society; Access and affordability of civil justice; Inequities in procedural justice have a minimal impact on case outcomes; The population impact of legal representation is non-quantifiable;… Read more Five Myths Linked to Access to Justice

Philadelphia’s Eviction Crisis

By: Michaela Whitelaw, Public Health Fellow According to a 2017 study by the Reinvestment Fund, approximately one in 14 Philadelphia renters (20,000 families) face eviction filings every year, with filings disproportionately affecting African Americans and women. In 2016, over 10,200 Philadelphia renters were evicted, placing Philadelphia fourth in the country for the number of evictions that year. The Philadelphia eviction crisis is a result of systemic and social issues entrenched in a history of poverty, discrimination, and gentrification. While some evictions are legal and fair, a large number of eviction… Read more Philadelphia’s Eviction Crisis