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.


Audio, Interview, Talk Radio (Virginia)

Town Talk with Ted Schubel interviews Legal Aid Works (Virginia) Executive Director Ann Kloeckner

April 6, 2020 | Town Talk with Ted Schubel (WFVA Fredricksburg, Virginia)
Ann Kloeckner with Legal Aid Works talks about your rights in cases of evictions, foreclosures.  What if you’re living in a hotel or motel?
Mentions: Legal Aid Works (VA)

News Story (NATIONAL)

Unsafe At Home: Virus Stirs Domestic Violence Fears

April 5, 2020 | RJ Vogt | Law360
While stay-at-home measures may help “flatten the curve” of new COVID-19 cases, they also pose a unique threat to people in abusive relationships: How do you stay home when home is not a safe place to stay? Legal experts worry not only that stress at home can lead to increase instances of violence, but that ... Read more
Mentions: Philadelphia Legal Assistance , Sanctuary for Families , Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) , Urban Resource Institute

Interview, Video (Pennsylvania)

Coronavirus Latest: Tips For Renters Struggling To Make Monthly Payments Amid COVID-19 Crisis

April 2, 2020 | CBS 3 (Philadelphia)
Television interview with Community Legal Services of Philadelphia attorney Joan Belfus sharing guidance and options for managing when rent and mortgage payments are due and your income is affected by COVID-19. #LegalAid#CivilJustice
Mentions: Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia

News Story (Pennsylvania)

Increase in domestic violence feared during virus lockdown

April 2, 2020 | Ina Fried | Axios
Experts are convinced we are on the precipice of a domestic violence crisis fueled by anxiety, stay-at-home rules and economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  Journalist Ina Fried of Axios interviewed Susan Pearlstein, of Philadelphia Legal Assistance, and several other domestic violence experts for insight into why victims may be at increased risk during ... Read more
Mentions: Philadelphia Legal Assistance

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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.