Blog of Voices for Civil Justice: 2016 Archives

The StoryCorps App May Be the Right Tool for the Job

October 31, 2016
"The StoryCorps app and, can be used by groups to record and share personal stories, including as a way to raise awareness about an important issue or experience."

Media coverage spurs policy change

September 29, 2016
Last month the Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed a new rule that will apply stricter standards for addressing young children’s exposure to lead in subsidized housing. It was the very rule change that Emily, director of the Health Justice Project, a medical-legal partnership at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, called for in her March 5 New York Times op-ed, “Blame HUD for America’s Lead Epidemic”.

The exception that proves the rule: sometimes, one remarkable story is enough

August 29, 2016
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?

Civil justice attracts media attention with launch of Justice Index 2016

May 27, 2016
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.

Reentry week spotlights civil legal aid

May 10, 2016
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.

Public Welfare Foundation president urges funders to support civil legal aid

April 11, 2016
There is a "crisis in our justice system that has been overlooked for too long by philanthropy and the rest of society," says Public Welfare Foundation President Mary McClymont.

Legal Aid fights for fairness against lead poisoning, wrongful eviction

April 1, 2016
Civil legal aid advocates use legal expertise to fight for fairness when civil legal issues threaten families' and individuals' homes, health and livelihoods. In March the media spotlight shone on several examples where access to justice is critical.