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Equal in the Eyes of The Law

There is a saying that everyone is equal in the eyes of the law. However, an arguement can be made that those with better knowledge of the law do better in court. According to a new report by advocates at Columbia Law School's Human Rights Clinic, too many poor people in the U.S. lack access to lawyers when they confront major life challenges. These changes include eviction, deportation, custody battles and domestic violence. Recently, the Justice Department annouced it has created an "Access to Justice Initiative" what has been described as a "promising start" to help coordinate research, funding and file supportive legal briefs in cases around the country.

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