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.


Long Form (NATIONAL)

No Money, No Lawyer, No Justice – The vast, hidden inequities of the civil legal system

June 22, 2020 | Kathryn Joyce | New Republic
This is a sweeping investigative piece on “the vast, hidden inequities of the civil legal system.” With a focus on the lack of legal representation for those who need it, journalist Kathryn Joyce shows the nightmare of civil legal problems through the eyes of those who have experienced them.
Mentions: Bay Area Legal Aid (San Francisco) , Legal Services Corporation (LSC) , Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR) , California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. (CRLA)

News Story (NATIONAL)

‘They Just Dumped Him Like Trash’: Nursing Homes Evict Vulnerable Residents

June 21, 2020 | Jessica Silver-Greenberg | New York Times (NYT)
This incredibly powerful story describes how nursing homes across the country are kicking out less-profitable residents to make room for a new class of customers who would generate more revenue: patients with Covid-19. Legal aid attorneys and other advocates for nursing home residents are fighting to protect their rights.

News Story (Georgia, NATIONAL, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia)

Tenants behind on rent in pandemic face harassment, eviction

June 14, 2020 | Associated Press (AP)
“Every day, they tried to basically get us out of there. It was basically like a game to them.”
Mentions: Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) , Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia , Essex-Newark Legal Services Project (Newark, NJ)

Investigative (Arkansas, NATIONAL, New York, STATES)

Capital One and Other Debt Collectors Are Still Coming for Millions of Americans

June 8, 2020 | Paul Kiel , Jeff Ernsthausen | ProPublica
ProPublica spoke with three New Yorkers who struggled to address seizures of their pay after the pandemic hit. Although all three managed to eventually halt the garnishments with the help of a legal aid attorney, the cases show how such suits can hang over people’s lives for decades.
Mentions: Legal Aid of Arkansas (LAA) (Jonesboro, AR)

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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.