According to this New York Times opinion piece, "[m]ost low-income Americans cannot afford a lawyer to defend their legal interests, no matter how urgent the issue. Unless they are in a criminal case, most have no access to help from government-financed lawyers either."
Many Americans can't afford legal representation for common civil matters like divorce, child support, and bankruptcies. This New York Times piece discusses the steps the US government and the legal profession can take to close the "justice gap." Read the full story here.