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The Greiner Studies

Randomized Investigation of Legal Aid Outcomes

By Steven Eppler-Epstein

Although most advocates are convinced that their representation of clients makes a difference, the impact of legal assistance has seldom been tested through randomized studies. Results of three randomized studies from Massachusetts, in the areas of unemployment benefits and housing, show mixed results. Legal aid providers must be willing to challenge assumptions and learn from these and future randomized studies to achieve the greatest possible benefits for clients.

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