Areas Of Practice

THE VANCE CENTER VIEWS CIVIL SOCIETY–the formal and informal groups that people freely create to share views, pursue causes, express culture, and more–as key players in democratic governance, and lawyers as key players in civil society. It is lawyers who use and develop the laws and the institutions of government, which define and secure our fundamental civil and human rights. 

The rule of law is a crucial foundation for a vibrant civil society. People rely on the legal system to ensure their rights and understand and participate in civic life – but this is only possible when that legal system works as intended, free of interference, corruption, and discrimination. Equal access to justice demonstrates and advances fairness and promotes confidence in the law and legal institutions.