Over at Above the Law, David A. Lash, the Managing Counsel for Pro Bono and Public Interest Services at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, has published a short article on the importance of supporting legal aid. In it, he argues that "allocation of funding for legal aid is a wise investment. In addition to the lives it saves, investment in lawyers for the poor, on a strictly economic, cost-benefit analysis, is an investment worth making. For every dollar spent in support of legal services, an astonishing rate of return results. By any measure, an investment yield of ten-to-one is an investment worth making."
You should read the article here.