Areas Of Practice

THE VANCE CENTER CONSIDERS CIVIL SOCIETY–the formal and informal groups that people freely create to share views, pursue causes, express culture–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 civil and human rights.

The rule of law is a crucial ingredient to vibrant civil society, enabling people to rely on the legal system and understand and participate in what their governments do. Equal access to justice demonstrates and advances fairness and promotes confidence in the law and legal institutions.