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  • Attorneys in civil courts make bigger impact working the system than knowing the law

    Attorneys knowledge of the law plays only a small part in their impact in some civil courts, says Illinois professor Rebecca Sandefur, supporting the idea that other kinds of legal assistance might have a role.

    Attorneys’ knowledge of the law plays only a small part in their impact in some civil courts, says Illinois professor Rebecca Sandefur, supporting the idea that other kinds of legal assistance might have a role.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Rebecca Sandefur, call 217-333-6100; email sandefur@illinois.edu.

    The study, “Elements of Professional Expertise: Understanding Relational and Substantive Expertise through Lawyers’ Impact,” is available online (access may be restricted) or from the News Bureau.

    Previous U. of I. news releases have looked at Sandefur’s work on the uneven distribution of legal aid by state and how most people deal with civil legal problems on their own.