Troubling statistics show black people are disproportionately represented in prisons, poverty rates, and school suspensions, but underrepresented in the legal profession..
Where do the people who are most likely to encounter legal problems go to find an attorney that looks like them?
86% of civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans received inadequate or no legal assistance. This phenomenon as been routinely referred to as the “justice gap.”
However, people of color, particularly black people, encounter what I refer to as the “justice void.” Because not only are they priced out of the market because of inability to pay, their access to justice is compounded by generational poverty, limited educational opportunity, a high likelihood of becoming involved in the injustice system, and a low chance of finding a lawyer that looks like them. #civilrights #askangie #holisticlawyering #justUS #intersectionality #justicevoid