American Bar Association (ABA)

Founded in 1878, the American Bar Association (ABA) is committed to advancing the rule of law across the United States and beyond by providing practical resources for legal professionals, law school accreditation, model ethics codes and more.

The Division of Legal Services works to expand access to justice for all persons through the provision of, and appropriate funding for, legal assistance, counsel, and representation in the nation’s civil, criminal, and military justice systems.

The ABA Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives serves judicial, private bar, and legal aid leaders who work together to provide people of low and modest income with meaningful access to their justice systems. The Center’s two main focuses are:

  1. Supporting the growth and development of state-based Access to Justice Commissions; and
  2. Collecting and analyzing data on the various sources of funding for civil legal aid.

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