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_’s National Effort to Combat Inequalities in the Justice System Caused by Court Underfunding Comes to New England

Hearing Features State Supreme Court Justices, David Boies, Theodore B. Olson, Professor Laurence Tribe, Business Executives and Ordinary Citizens Affected by Delayed Courts

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 17, 2011 —  Ordinary citizens, chief justices and New England business and bar leaders are coming together to detail how the state court funding crisis is  jeopardizing access to justice. Witnesses at the _ Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System’s public hearing will testify to the effect court underfunding has on the courts and individuals’ basic constitutional rights.

The hearing will be led by task force members and co-Chairs David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, and was organized by University of New Hampshire School of Law Dean John T. Broderick and task force liaison Stephen L. Tober.  Judges from all the New England states and New York, Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, state and city bar leaders, ABA President-Elect Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, as well as business leaders and community members are convening for the half-day hearing at the UNH law school campus.

Who:
ABA Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System

What:
Public hearing on impact of court underfunding

When:
May 26
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where:
University of New Hampshire School of Law
2 White Street
Concord, N.H.

For sound bites from state supreme court justices and task force members who testified and participated in the inaugural national hearing in Atlanta, click here.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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