The Guardian; October 8, 2013
Jim Silkenat is a corporate attorney in New York. He knows that the US has 1,268,011 licensed lawyers – far more than any other country. He believes that is too few.
Silkenat, who has just been elected president of the American Bar Association (ABA), warns that there is an enormous unmet legal need among those who cannot afford to pay: the under-privileged, detained immigrants and defendants fighting to escape death row.
His plan is to recruit the latest generation of graduates streaming out of American law schools who cannot find work immediately in a law firm. Silkenat intends to harness their skills, for a modest wage, to help those who cannot get access to justice.
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