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Why is legal representation important?

In the United States, we need a lawyer’s help for everything from disputing an eviction to defending criminal charges. Yet, legal assistance remains out of reach for the majority of us. We the people have more legal needs than there are services available to address them, and that gap is especially wide for Black and Latinx people, immigrants, residents of low-income communities and other historically marginalized groups. We’re all entitled to equal access to legal representation in the justice system. That access is critical to a more just society that ends poverty, combats discrimination and creates opportunity. The Illinois Access to Justice Program promotes equal access to legal representation by funding holistic legal assistance for Illinois’ vulnerable communities.