Linda F. Smith


This Article argues that an ongoing state planning process should be established to ensure all residents have access to justice in all forums. Many states have established such planning processes and structures that allow courts, bar associations, publicly funded staff programs, other charitable entities, and the branches of government to engage in coordinated design, assessment, and enhancement of legal services for the public. Although much good work is underway in Utah, the lack of coordination and candid assessment mean that many needy Utahns are not served and many services are not available. It is time for an honest study of the available resources, a search for a common mission, and a commitment to ongoing coordination and planning so all have access to justice.