Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) is a non-profit regional law firm that provides high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity.
ABLE Attorneys Publish Analysis on the Community Lawyering Model in the UIC Law Review
Our existing laws and legal systems—even those designed to promote human rights—often seem to work against low-income groups, people of color, and immigrant communities. Some legal services attorneys who serve these communities use a community lawyering model which centers impacted communities by allowing clients to identify legal needs, advocacy goals, and outcomes.
"Working for Justice in an Unjust System: Moving Beyond the Legal System", published in Volume 55, Issue 2 of the UIC Law Review, discusses Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) attorneys Kathleen Kersh and Matthew Currie’s analysis of how the community lawyering model can be used to promote community power to change unjust systems. The authors discuss two specific community-lawyering ABLE case examples in Dayton, and how ABLE has institutionalized the community lawyering model to promote client empowerment and advance social change.