Blog of Voices for Civil Justice: 2017 Archives


A Movement is Growing

December 19, 2017
Statewide approaches to communications and media are now bubbling up from coast to coast, and we are beginning to see good results.


Words to embrace, words to replace

October 9, 2017
In this post, we spotlight the contributions of messaging expert Anat Shenker-Osorio who applies tools from cognition and linguistics to examine not just which words work when discussing civil legal aid and access to justice, but also to explain why certain words work when others don't.


Florida Bar Foundation Uses GIS to Develop Powerful Communications Tools

September 18, 2017
In preparation for 2017's ABA Days in Washington, DC , the Florida Bar Foundation teamed up with SRLN to develop powerful tools for showing policy makers the impact of LSC funding on the lives of Floridians in every part of the state. In this post, FBF Communications Director Nancy Kinnally explains why she believes the the same sort of analysis that made the ABA Day team’s visuals so powerful could be used to communicate with other key audiences, making media, legal advocacy and philanthropic efforts more effective.


News Roundup: Hurricane Harvey, and Right to Counsel for Eviction Defense

August 31, 2017
  Like you, we’ve been unable to take our eyes off the harrowing images of inundation and suffering along the Texas Gulf Coast. We are working to get a jump on a part of the story we know is too often overlooked – the consequential legal problems that inevitably accompany such a disaster, and the ... Read more


How to talk with philanthropists about civil legal aid

August 16, 2017
This summer two important new pieces of research yielded fresh guidance on how to communicate about civil legal aid in a way that builds lasting support. This posts focuses on how to communicate effectively with the philanthropic community.


New research finds voters overwhelmingly believe equal justice under law is a right, not a privilege

July 31, 2017
On July 19, at a national Communications & Media Training, Voices unveiled the results of new messaging research conducted by Celinda Lake and Anat Shenker-Osorio. The findings are good news for advocates looking to increase awareness of and support for civil legal aid.


Opportunities for media coverage about civil legal aid continue

July 10, 2017
As civil justice advocates continue to face big challenges across the country, media coverage is more critical than ever to help spotlight the scope of the unmet legal needs of low income Americans and the role of civil legal aid in meeting that need.


The Extraordinary Media Moment Continues

April 18, 2017
Since our last media roundup on March 24, there have been at least 40 additional pieces featuring the role of legal aid in providing essential help to people nationwide – for a total of more than 80 pieces since February in national outlets and at least one local outlet in most states.


An Extraordinary Media Moment

March 24, 2017
In the week since President Trump proposed a budget that eliminates the Legal Services Corporation, civil legal aid has received a lot of media exposure, including stories in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and other major national outlets.