Voices’ Blog

All Rise for Civil Justice, a new Voices campaign

March 21, 2019 - 3:36 pm
Today, our team at Voices for Civil Justice is excited to announce the official launch of All Rise for Civil Justice, a new national campaign for civil justice reform. Equal justice under law is a right, not a privilege. In America, we believe people should get fair resolutions to problems that threaten their families, homes ... Read more

Today, our team at Voices for Civil Justice is excited to announce the official launch of All Rise for Civil Justice, a new national campaign for civil justice reform.

Equal justice under law is a right, not a privilege. In America, we believe people should get fair resolutions to problems that threaten their families, homes and livelihoods.

At some point, most people have a problem like a divorce or wrongful treatment by a landlord or debt collector and need a legal solution. But millions lose their cases in civil court each year, not because they’ve done something wrong, but because they don’t have the information or legal help they need. Too often, wealth and power have the advantage in civil courts, and the human toll is high.

We have to fix our nation’s civil justice system so it works for everyone – and to do that, we need everyday Americans to better understand the problem and get talking about the heartbreaking (and often avoidable) chaos that so many people deal with each year.

The All Rise for Civil Justice website centers the stories of people facing serious problems in need of legal solutions, the advocates working to help them, and the solutions available to make the civil justice system work for everyone.

Will you take a few minutes to check out the site and follow All Rise for Civil Justice on social media?

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be sharing stories that illuminate the civil justice crisis, whether it’s a family facing eviction, a parent embroiled in a custody dispute, or a veteran who has been wrongly denied medical care. We’ll highlight tangible solutions that can help to address a crisis that’s leaving countless Americans homeless, bankrupt and vulnerable to harm through no fault of their own. And we’ll share resources to enable advocates like you to better tell stories of affected people and communities.

The All Rise for Civil Justice campaign will fuel our ongoing efforts at Voices for Civil Justice to drive a steady drumbeat of media coverage and to build the national narrative around the civil justice crisis by putting your stories and the stories of people you advocate for at the center of the conversation. As always, we’re a phone call or email away to help tackle questions about big picture strategic thinking, communications strategies, or guidance on press releases and contacting reporters.

Together, we’ll keep pushing forward to secure equal justice under law – for all Americans.


Welcoming our Newest Voices Team Member

March 12, 2019 - 3:31 pm
We are excited to share this introductory message from the newest member of our team, Media Relations Manager Sam Scarrow.  Hello, everyone! I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with each of you and am honored to have the responsibility and opportunity to elevate the civil justice crisis in our national discourse. If my name seems familiar, you have ... Read more

We are excited to share this introductory message from the newest member of our team, Media Relations Manager Sam Scarrow. 

Hello, everyone! I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with each of you and am honored to have the responsibility and opportunity to elevate the civil justice crisis in our national discourse.

Sam Scarrow headshot croppedIf my name seems familiar, you have a good memory! From 2015 to 2017, I worked with Voices in my role at BerlinRosen Public Affairs. BerlinRosen has been Voices’ media consultant firm of record from the beginning, and they are active members of our team. At BerlinRosen, I was involved in planning and executing some of Voices’ most significant media moments, including studies on eviction in Baltimore, the right to counsel movement in NYC, lead paint abatement in Chicago, the legal needs of veterans, and – who could forget? – the Oklahoman miniature horse, featured on the front page of the New York Times as part of a story that looked at the potential impact of eliminating LSC from the federal budget.

All of that’s to say I’m familiar with the contours of the civil justice crisis, what civil legal aid is, and why we need it to have a just society. I am excited to learn even more from each of you as we work to tell that story to the audiences who still need to hear it.

Do you have an idea for a media pitch or op-ed? Or maybe your organization is working on a report you could use help publicizing? Reach out to me at scarrow@voicesforciviljustice.org, or the whole staff at team@voicesforciviljustice.org. We would love to work with you.




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