Welcome. We are building a national identity for civil legal aid. Here’s how:

  • Generating strong and sustained media coverage that demonstrates how civil legal aid helps ensure fairness in America’s justice system.
  • Creating messaging guidance and other communications and media tools for civil legal aid advocates.
  • Connecting journalists with our national network of civil legal aid experts.


To build support for civil legal aid you need to be able to tell people why it matters. We can offer you
messaging tips and how-tos.


Whatever your beat, we can connect you to experts, stories and fresh facts in the civil justice system from all over the country.


News Story (NATIONAL)

U.S. Renters Owe $21.5 Billion in Back Rent; Republicans Offer No Eviction Relief

July 29, 2020 | New York Times (NYT) , Reuters News Service , St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Every year, about 2.3 million American renter households receive eviction papers at some point. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we might see that many evictions in one month. Global advisory firm Stout, Risius and Ross estimated on Wednesday (see above for link to eviction estimation tool) that more than $21.5 billion in past-due rent is looming ... Read more
Mentions: Public Justice Center (PJC) , National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC)

News Story (NATIONAL)

2020 is the summer of booming home sales — and evictions

July 27, 2020 | Heather Long | Washington Post
The worst downturn since the Great Depression has hit low-income workers — who are typically renters — the hardest. Sixty percent of renter households have had at least one person in the home suffer a job or pay cut versus 45 percent of homeowner households, Census survey data from July 9-14 show. Evictions are widely ... Read more

News Story (NATIONAL)

11 million households could be evicted over the next four months / A new tool helps you see the contours of the approaching housing disaster

July 27, 2020 | Kristin Toussaint | Fast Company
A new new eviction estimation tool tool developed by global advisory firm Stout, with input from the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC), uses census survey results and income data to estimate how many households could be at risk of eviction as moratoriums end, courts reopen, and rent relief efforts fall short. The ... Read more
Mentions: National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC)

News Story (NATIONAL, North Carolina, Texas)

The Eviction Crisis Is Already Here and It’s Crushing Black Moms

July 24, 2020 | Emma Ockerman | VICE News
Mass evictions could be enormously destabilizing for communities of color, experts and housing advocates warn. ”I don’t want to think about what our society will look like when a good number — large numbers — of single moms, are unemployed, struggling to raise their kids, dealing with homelessness and hygiene issues It’s a very dark ... Read more
Mentions: Lone Star Legal Aid , Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) , National Housing Law Project , National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) (DC) , Central Virginia Legal Aid Society

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‘All Rise for Civil Justice’ Launches With Stories and Tools for Civil Justice Advocates

Bill, a veteran of Vietnam, stands in front of his home in Southern California.

Voices has launched All Rise for Civil Justice, which tells the story of a civil justice system in crisis, the people who are hurt by it every day, the decisions that brought it to the brink, and the people trying to make it better.

All Rise supports the work of civil justice reformers by elevating stories like Sonja’s and the voices of practitioners like Andrea. The website uses video, photo essays, animations, mapping and other media to tell the stories of people living with the consequences of a civil justice system in desperate need of fixing.

The website spotlights practical solutions and dial up the urgency of repairing our broken and unequal court systems. It’s a one-stop shop for resources to better tell the stories of affected people, families and communities.