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    Access to Justice Commission Holds Public Hearings on Challenges Facing Low-income Residents

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    Access to Justice Commission Holds Public Hearings on Challenges Facing Low-income Residents

    Access to Justice Commission Holds Public 
Hearings on Challenges Facing Low-income ResidentsJuly 16, 2012 – The Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission is gathering public input on the challenges facing low-income Wisconsin residents statewide and how residents respond when they need legal help with critical civil legal problems. “This will be the first major effort to gather statewide information about unmet civil legal needs in Wisconsin since the State Bar’s 2007 Bridging the Justice Gap report,” says Jeff Brown, staff coordinator for the commission.

    The commission has organized a series of regional public hearings around the state to collect this additional information and to support efforts designed to close the justice gap. The first hearings will be held in  Green Bay on July 24 and Eau Claire on July 31. Additional hearings are planned for Milwaukee (Sept. 13), Madison (Sept. 18), Wausau (Oct. 2) and La Crosse (Oct. 16).

    Attorneys, judges, and the public are all invited to attend and share their experiences, suggestions and insights. Written comments may also be sent to the commission by email or regular mail at P.O. Box 7158, Madison, WI 53707-7158.

    The commission wants to know:

    • Who is finding legal help?
    • Who is falling through the cracks?
    • What impact has finding, or not finding, legal help made in your life or the lives of the people you serve?
    • What is Wisconsin doing well for low-income or vulnerable residents who need help with civil legal issues?
    • What more should we all be doing?
    • How are you helping to meet the civil legal needs of those who cannot help themselves?

    The Access to Justice Commission’s develops and encourages means of expanding access to the civil justice system for unrepresented low-income Wisconsin residents. It was created in 2009 by the Wisconsin Supreme Court at the request of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Visit the Commission’s website for more information and updates.