On July 17, 2019, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) – a supporting partner of the Justice for All Campaign – co-sponsored an event on How Legal Empowerment Advances Sustainable Development Goals with the Task Force on Justice, the Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, Namati, and the Open Government Partnership connected to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. At that event, NLADA issued a policy brief entitled Access to Justice is Good for Business written by NLADA Senior Fellow Maha Jweied, who formally led the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice and served as the U.S. Government’s Goal 16 Subject-Matter Expert. The policy brief identifies the ways in which corporate America advances access to justice and describes three main strategies: (1) Contributing Resources; (2) Advancing Policy and Legal Reform; and (3) Implementing Sound Business Practices. It also includes a call to the business community for increased partnership with NLADA and other public interest organizations to accelerate their efforts to respond to the legal needs of low-income and vulnerable members of our society.
Read the full policy brief here.