Thank you for your interest in the Civil Legal Aid Attorney Count, a project of the Justice Index hosted by the National Center for Access to Justice (NCAJ) at Fordham Law School.

The goal of this project is to build a comprehensive list of civil legal aid organizations as well as an estimate of the number of civil legal aid attorneys in each state. Gathering this type of data enables legal aid leaders to benchmark their states relative to others, and to advocate for greater civil legal aid support at the state and national level.

In its most recent findings, the Justice Index reported that all but seven states had fewer than 1 civil legal aid attorney per 10,000 low income people in the state. The Justice Index sets, as a goal for each state, 10 civil legal aid attorneys for every 10,000 low income people, treating this ratio as reasonable given that on average there are 40 attorneys per 10,000 people in the general population.

We strive to make the Justice Index a resource for the entire civil legal aid community and for the public. For more information, see Civil Legal Aid Attorney Count, NCAJ website and Justice Index Overview, or contact David Udell, Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law, dudell@fordham.edu.

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