In Texas, many go without legal representation despite the dramatic need for it. Civil cases dealing with divorce, custody battles, small business owners, and many others are complex animals that the average citizen can't sort through on their own.
The cost of hiring an attorney, however, is prohibitive.
"It's a huge problem when you think about our basic civil legal needs, shelter, housing, family law issues, most people in America cannot afford a lawyer to represent them. This is a huge crisis," says former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson.