Law schools across the county can significantly contribute to improving the public’s access to the justice system. Improving the public’s access to the justice system helps to ensure that equal justice is enjoyed by all classes of people. One way to provide equal justice to all is through a cooperative effort among academia, courts, and practitioners. A prime example of one such cooperative effort is that of the Southern Illinois University School of Law and the First Judicial Circuit of Illinois, which collaborated to create the First Judicial Circuit Court-Referred Family Mediation Program. The Southern Illinois University School of Law has assisted the First Judicial Circuit Court-Referred Family Mediation Program in numerous ways since its inception. This article will discuss these contributions in the hope of encouraging other law schools and their faculty members to work toward the creation of a more equal justice system. Articles Editor, Sarah Holsapple.
Suzanne J. Schmitz,
The Role of Law Schools in Improving Access to Justice: the Story of the Southern Illinois University School of Law and the Family Mediation Program,
S. Ill. U. L.J.
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