ODW22C10 – Access to Justice – A Social Dilemma

Access to justice is not a niche problem; it’s a very broad social problem. This on-demand webinar will introduce paralegals to the fact that only half of civil legal problems are able to access legal aid and why.

Course Category: On-Demand Webinars

Course Level: Intermediate

CLE Credit: Legal Ethics

CLE Hours: 1.5

Fees: $49 for Members and $70 for Non-members

Course Materials: Conference recording and a PDF of the PowerPoint slides.
Description: Fifty-five million Americans experience 260 million legal problems on an annual basis, according to the report titled Justice Needs and Satisfaction in the United States of America 2021. Of those legal issues, the study found 120 million are not “resolved fairly” every year. Access to justice is not a niche problem; it’s a very broad social problem. This on-demand webinar will introduce paralegals to the fact that there is no right to counsel in civil legal problems and explain why legal aid providers can only address about half of them. It will further focus on ethics requirements related to pro bono and new nationwide initiatives that target access to justice. It will empower paralegals to initiate programs and seek out pro bono opportunities.
Course Year: 2022

Presenter: Rachel Royal, CP, NCCP, holds an AAS in Paralegal Technology from Carteret Community College. She has held positions with the NCBA Paralegal Division as a Council member from 2018-2021, a Pro Bono Co-Chair since 2018, and Secretary for 2021-2022. Rachel has worked in family law, insurance defense, municipal law, and opened her own freelance business, Royal Touch, Legal & Business Solutions, LLC, in 2020. She has been a contract paralegal for the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission since January 2021, as a pro bono coordinator for the Commissions’ Driver’s License Restoration Project. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.


Yes, these courses qualify for mandatory continuing legal education for: National Association of Legal Assistants, State Bar of California, Florida, North Carolina, and Louisiana State Paralegal Association.  For all others please check with the corresponding institutions.

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