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, Ohio, Pennsylvania)

Is Tenants’ Right to Counsel On Its Way to Becoming Standard Practice?

December 10, 2019 | Jared Brey | NextCity.org
Eviction is a deeply disruptive and destructive event in a tenant’s life that, in the words of Matt Desmond, director of Princeton University's Eviction Lab, “is not just a condition of poverty, it is a cause of it.” Research shows that most of the time in housing court landlords have lawyers but tenants do not. The good news is that there is a growing national movement to provide all renters facing eviction the legal help they need to ensure a fair outcome in eviction proceedings. So far, five cities have passed such bills, and more are considering it.
Mentions: Legal Aid Society of Cleveland , Philadelphia Bar Association , Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia , National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC) , Eviction Lab

News Story (Utah)

They Loan You Money. Then They Get A Warrant For Your Arrest.

December 3, 2019 | Anjali Tsui | ProPublica
High-interest loan companies are using Utah’s small claims courts to arrest borrowers and take their bail money. Technically, the warrants are issued for missing court hearings. For many, that’s a distinction without a difference.
Mentions: National Consumer Law Center (NCLC)

Op-Ed (California)

Record Expungement Unlocks Opportunities after a Criminal Conviction

November 26, 2019 | Douglas B. Davidson | Voice of OC
Many with past convictions may qualify to have those convictions expunged but don’t know about their eligibility or have difficulty navigating the complex process without a lawyer.
Mentions: Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal)

Interview (NATIONAL)

Bart Stichman On Making Sure Veterans Get Their Due

November 17, 2019 | RJ Vogt | Law360
Bart Stichman has spent more than 40 years fighting to help veterans get their benefits and could rightfully be cast as one of the founding fathers of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Mentions: National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)

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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.