Seattle University School of Law’s Incubator Program
By Stan Perkins and Cindy Yeung
No shortage of lawyers exists for wealthy Americans in need of legal help. For those falling under poverty guidelines, pro bono attorneys or public defenders often step in. But what about those who land somewhere in between? As of 2017, roughly 2.22 million residents of Washington, or 30 percent of the population, were classified as being of moderate means, with incomes between 200 and 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). This category outnumbers low-income residents, who live under 200 percent of the FPL.
In response, a new trend has emerged: the affordable and accessible legal...