Research Purpose: This project was a follow-up to our original Civil Right to Counsel project that designed a comprehensive random assignment study to look at the impact of providing legal counsel to indigent individuals in tenant/landlord (eviction) cases. The follow-up project included a needs assessment of two pilot sites (Philadelphia, PA, and Pierce County [Tacoma], WA) to gather information about the unmet legal needs and legal contexts of these two areas. The project also identified relevant cost elements for inclusion in the future full study and established cost estimates and proxies when feasible and plans for how to measure costs in the actual full study.
Project Design: The project included key stakeholder interviews at both sites, literature review, and administrative data review.
Funding Source: Northwest Justice Project
Start Date: November 2009
Completion Date: March 2010
Michael W. Finigan, Ph.D.
Juliette R. Mackin, Ph.D.
Theresa Herrera Allen, Ph.D.
Mark S. Waller, B.A.
Reports and Publications:
Finigan, M. W., Mackin, J. R., Herrera Allen, T., Waller, M. S., & Weller, J. M. (June 2010)
Civil Right to Counsel, Phase II Pilot Study: Needs Assessment and Cost Elements.
A report to the Northwest Justice Project & the Civil Right to Counsel Leadership and Support Initiative. NPC Research: Portland, OR.