Welcome to Voices for Civil Justice
Voices for Civil Justice is building a national identity for civil legal aid.
What is civil legal aid?
Voices generates media coverage and tells stories to build awareness that civil legal aid ensures fairness in America’s justice system.
We connect reporters with our national network of legal aid sources, help them find client stories as well as ongoing legal advocacy, and write opinion pieces on how civil legal aid help people know their rights and protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families.
Featured Press Clips
When Sonota thinks about funding for legal aid being discontinued, she gets choked up. She believes defunding the LSC would sound a death knell for people like her.
Mentions: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) , Legal Services Corporation (LSC) , Voices for Civil Justice
President Trump’s budget would eliminate the Legal Services Corporation, which helps low-income individuals obtain representation in civil proceedings.
Mentions: Legal Services Corporation (LSC) , Voices for Civil Justice , Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands , Nevada Legal Services , Ohio State Legal Services
Washington’s civil justice system, though, currently fails to provide justice for all. Access to the system to protect basic legal rights is too often available only to those who can afford the cost of hiring an attorney.
Advocates working with victims of domestic violence reacted with alarm to President Donald Trump’s first budget blueprint, warning that his proposed cuts could have a devastating impact on vulnerable women across the country.
Mentions: Voices for Civil Justice , Prairie State Legal Services (northern Illinois)
By using the media to amplify their voices, Emily and her partners were able to effect a policy change that will better the lives of their clients.
When a very determined woman, with help from a legal aid attorney and a social worker, finally proves that she is owed $100,000 in back Social Security payments, the story "went viral." What can we learn from this exception to one of the standard rules of attracting media coverage?
In the first training of its kind, more than 60 people were trained in strategic communications with the goal of increasing awareness of what civil legal aid is, and why it matters.
In most of Voices’ work, we are seeking to interject the importance of civil legal aid into coverage about various social and economic issues. Sometimes, however, we have an opportunity to go directly at our main issue - the crisis in the civil justice system. That is exactly what happened with the recent release of the Justice Index 2016 by the National Center for Access to Justice.
On April 24th the U.S. Department of Justice kicked off the first-ever National Reentry Week. Voices saw an opportunity to add to this important effort by highlighting the intersections between the criminal and civil justice systems and drawing media attention to the crucial role of civil legal aid in reentry. We asked JusticeVoices Network members to seize this media opportunity by writing op-eds and pitching stories to local media about the innovative reentry work they are doing in their communities.
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