Blog of Voices for Civil Justice: 2014 Archives

A Quick, Year-End Voices Update

December 15, 2014 - 3:51 pm
by Elizabeth Arledge

The pace of media placements about civil legal aid is quickening, with a dozen new pieces in just the past two weeks.

Justice Index as News Hook and Data Source

December 8, 2014 - 3:56 pm
by Elizabeth Arledge

The Justice Index is likely to contain some findings that can inspire reporters and editorial writers to write about the issues that you consider most important.

“Communications Selfie” Survey Results Are In

November 21, 2014 - 5:01 pm
by Elizabeth Arledge

Aggregate results from online survey completed by 250 individuals connected to civil legal aid about their organizations' and states' capacities for communications and media advocacy.

Want in on the Action?

October 24, 2014 - 7:47 am
by Elizabeth Arledge

You can get in on the action by bringing us examples of your work pitching stories. We are available to help you prepare for interviews with national media outlets.

Talking About Poverty

September 17, 2014 - 11:52 am
by Elizabeth Arledge

The report "A Window of Opportunity: Media and Public Opinion on Poverty in America" finds that Americans are ready to hear, and act on, a new, more accurate story about poverty.

Anatomy of a civil legal aid media pitch

September 8, 2014 - 12:09 pm
by Martha Bergmark , Elizabeth Arledge

Strong newsworthiness, strong facts and credible spokespeople were key ingredients leading to high-traffic placements in the New York Times and CNN.

What Do Lawyers Think About Civil Legal Aid?

August 19, 2014 - 12:19 pm
by Elizabeth Arledge

Professional pollsters surveyed 368 lawyers. The presentation slideshow is now available on the Voices website.

Protecting Taxpayers from Abuse

April 14, 2014 - 3:38 pm
by Martha Bergmark

The New York Times reports how civil legal aid is helping to clean up the mess when nearly 80 million taxpayers turn to -- largely unregulated -- paid tax preparers.

Unsung Heroes of Obamacare’s Enrollment Surge

April 3, 2014 - 1:31 am
by Elizabeth Arledge

Civil legal aid lawyers worked behind the scenes to help people wrestle with glitches, forms and obstacles and sign up for life-saving health insurance coverage.

Finding our Voices, Expanding our Brand

March 25, 2014 - 5:06 pm
by Martha Bergmark

Voices for Civil Justicehas began in earnest on two fronts: developing and pitching stories to the media; and building @JusticeVoices, the national network of messengers

Research Findings Provide Insight into Public’s View of Civil Legal Aid (w/video)

March 20, 2014 - 12:31 pm
by Elizabeth Arledge

Pollsters Lake Research Partners and The Tarrance Group recommended a 9-second soundbite and 2-minute elevator pitch for building awareness of civil legal aid.

“Where Health Meets Justice” – A New Fellowship to Build Healthcare Expertise Among Civil Legal Aid Leaders

March 6, 2014 - 7:18 pm
by Elizabeth Arledge

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP) and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) on March 5 announced a new fellowship designed to build healthcare expertise in the civil legal aid community. Twenty-four senior level staff of legal aid agencies were selected as inaugural fellows.