No one can really doubt that the U.S. Steel Corporation, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, or H. L. Hunt could obtain a reasonable approximation of justice through our legal process. But can we say the same for a skid row derelict, an Appalachian tenant farmer, a Sheridan County Indian, an Omaha ghetto black, or a Lincoln welfare mother? Much has been done to rectify injustices, yet can anyone deny that the American revolutionary promise of two hundred years is still a substantially unmet pledge? The economic system, the legal system, in short, the system has failed approximately one-fourth of all Americans. The Legal Services Program represents an attempt to correct this injustice by providing advocates for equal justice for all our citizens.
H. Bruce Hamilton,
Promises and Realities: The Continuing Myth of Equal Justice for All,
51 Neb. L. Rev. 416
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