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Background

American Bar Association (ABA) Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives: Main page

National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel: Major developments nationwide at the state level.


Civil Legal Aid Providers Related to This Geographic Area

Advocates for Human Rights (Minneapolis) -- Based in Minneapolis. Since 1983, implements international human rights standards to promote civil society and reinforce the rule of law.

Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law -- Support center, founded in 1980, providing legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations, and technical support and training to in immigration law, constitutional law, and complex and class action litigation.

Center for Medicare Advocacy -- National nonprofit, nonpartisan law organization that provides education, advocacy and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain access to Medicare and quality health care.

ChangeLab Solutions -- ChangeLab Solutions uses an interdisciplinary approach on issues such as land use and transportation planning, childhood obesity prevention, tobacco control, food systems, and school environments. HQ in Oakland.

Civil Rights Corps -- A non-profit organization dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the American legal system.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) -- Founded 1979, DREDF is a leading national civil rights law and policy center dedicated to advancing the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. HQ in Berkeley, with office in Washington, DC.

HelpSelf Legal -- Automated legal services company. Assists individuals in preparing filings for common legal tasks, including in family law, eviction defense, employment law, criminal record sealing, and defense against predatory debt collectors.

LawHelp Interactive -- Law Help Interactive helps you fill out legal forms. Answer a series of question and print your legal form.

Lawyers for Children (New York City) -- Created in 1984 with the mission to advocate on behalf of children in foster care in New York City. LFC also advocates for immigration rights, mental health services, and victims of child sexual abuse, in addition to providing evaluations and education.

National Center for Lesbian Rights -- NCLR provides legal assistance for LGBT individuals. HQ in SF.


Organizations (not Providers) Related to This Geographic Area

Selected, incomplete list of organizations that have done something relating to civil legal aid. Listing below does not imply endorsement.

ABA Special Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services -- ABA initiative that published a report in 1989. No longer exists.

ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service -- Reviews, evaluates and fosters development of pro bono programs and activity by law firms, bar associations, corporate law departments and other legal practitioners.

ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services -- Has mandate to improve access to legal services for those of moderate incomes – those who do not qualify for legal aid yet lack the resources for full legal representation.

American Bar Association (ABA) -- Seeks to serve its members, improve the legal profession, eliminate bias and enhance diversity, and advance the rule of law. HQ in Chicago with significant DC office.

American Bar Foundation (ABF) -- Independent nonprofit created by the ABA that conducts major research projects to advance justice and the understanding of law and its impact on society.

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) -- National association of more than 13,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. Based in Washington, DC.

American Legion -- Focuses on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities. Currently has about 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide.

Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) (Miami) -- Non-profit law firm working in Flroida and nationwide. Founded in 1996 as the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC).

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) -- Founded 1991, national organization that works to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Americans and build a fair and equitable society for all. Has local affiliates.

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, ACU -- Transdisciplinary organization of providing professional education, clinical tools, advocacy, patient education, training and technical assistance to those that provide health care for the underserved.

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) -- Based in Washington, DC, ACC is the world's largest community of in-house counsel, with 35,000 members employed by over 10,000 organizations in more than 85 countries.

Brennan Center for Justice -- Nonpartisan law and policy institute that is part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group, part communications hub. Located in New York City.

Center for American Progress (CAP) -- Independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. Based in Washington, DC.


Other Information Sources

Access to Justice Initiative: ABA Directory of State Access to Justice Commissions and Other State ATJ Entities

LSC state grantee profile: LSC grantee profiles: List for all states and territories

National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel: Major developments at the federal level


Press Clips Covering This Geographic Area

Take care to help veterans who care for others too
November 29, 2018 | Stars and Stripes | Ruth Stein | Op-Ed

ITT Tech students score victory in bankruptcy settlement
November 28, 2018 | Washington Post | Danielle Douglas-Gabriel | News Story

A Blank Check for Legal Aid Gets Harder to Cash
November 26, 2018 | Law360 | Jack Karp | News Story

Eviction Representation: A Critical Component of Housing Justice
November 26, 2018 | Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) | Spencer Wells | Column

Legal Technicians Step In To Fight Justice Gap
November 18, 2018 | Law360 | Adam Rhodes | News Story

When schools use child protective services as a weapon against parents
November 17, 2018 | Hechinger Report | Caroline Preston , Rebecca Klein | Feature

Institutions for foster kids aren’t doing enough to educate them
November 10, 2018 | Hechinger Report | Caroline Preston | Feature

We have a right to counsel in criminal cases. Why not in evictions?
November 6, 2018 | Washington Post | Amanda Scott | Op-Ed

The Modernization Our Civil Legal System Needs
November 6, 2018 | Governing | Susan K. Urahn | Op-Ed