Group Mounts Drive to Add Nevada Legal Aid Lawyers

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Nevada Law Foundation is raising funds to
address a shortage of legal aid lawyers reported by a panel set up
by the state Supreme Court.

The court's Access to Justice Commission found the ratio of legal aid lawyers to people living in poverty statewide at more than 4,700-to-1.

Officials say it was closer to 5,500-to-1 in Clark County.

The study was commissioned by the Nevada Supreme Court's Access
to Justice Commission.

It involved a telephone survey of 1,000 people in November 2007 that showed only 20 percent of those with one or more legal problems got help from a lawyer.

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