Blog of Voices for Civil Justice: 2019 Archives


Issue Brief Argues for Federal Leadership in Reforming America’s Civil Justice System

September 20, 2019
by Karen A. Lash

A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress argues that it is time to fix the nation’s civil justice system so that it works for everyone, not just the people and corporations that can afford to hire private lawyers.


In Consumer Debt, Let’s Not Forget the Role of Civil Justice

September 13, 2019
Debt collection burdens 71 million Americans, including medical bills, student loans, and credit-card debt. It’s time to reform our civil courts to give them a fighting chance.


Justice ain’t much if you can’t afford it

July 30, 2019
In her recent op-ed for Newsweek, Voices for Civil Justice Executive Director Martha Bergmark argues: “In America, we are raised with the promise of ‘justice for all.’ But after decades as a civil rights and civil legal aid lawyer, I know firsthand that our nation falls far short of that ideal.”


Pennsylvania Voices and that 4-letter word

July 11, 2019
Peer Perspectives share media-savvy ideas and insights from the field. This post is by Christine Kirby, director of development and state support at Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc., and statewide coordinator of Pennsylvania Voices.


Legal Aid protected this family’s American dream

June 28, 2019
After a lifetime of escaping violence and poverty in El Salvador, 19-year-old Herbert came to the United States determined to make a better future. The life he built here – as a husband, father, business owner and leader in his community – was nearly destroyed by one traffic violation. Herbert was fortunate to find the help he needed to navigate an extremely complex immigration justice system. We tell his remarkable story in our latest photo essay, created with the generous support of freelance photographer Lisa Helfert.


Top Amazon Lawyer: “Fix the Broken Civil Justice System”

June 18, 2019
Amazon’s General Counsel David Zapolsky argues that American corporations have a major stake in keeping America’s promise of equal justice under law.


“I was on a conservative talk radio program yesterday” (and other things legal aid communicators could be saying…)

June 3, 2019
Peer Perspectives share media-savvy ideas and insights from the field. This post is by Ann Kloeckner, executive director of Legal Aid Works in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  www.legalaidworks.org June 3, 2019 Early in my tenure as executive director at Legal Aid Works in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 2012, I was invited to be a guest on Town Talk, an hour-long show airing from ... Read more


Your next report could be media gold

January 29, 2019
One of the most important lessons we've learned in five years of media advocacy is that issuing a report is a fantastic way to get media attention for an issue.