Rural Civil Legal Aid

Civil legal aid providers, and related organizations, information sources and press clips from this geographical area. If you see something in your area that you think we should consider editing or adding, please contact us


For an overview of the challenges faced by residents of rural areas seeking access to justice, and one solution, see especially the April 2013 New York Times story No Lawyer for Miles, So One Rural State Offers Pay.

Civil Legal Aid Providers Related to This Geographic Area

A New Way of Life (Los Angeles) -- Founded in 1998, A New Way of Life Reentry Project provides housing and support services to formerly incarcerated women in South Central Los Angeles.

ABC for Health (Wisconsin) -- Founded 1994. Advocacy and Benefits Counseling for Health, Inc., is a Wisconsin-based, nonprofit public interest law firm ensuring health care access for children and families.

Access Justice Houston -- Non-profit law firm dedicated to expanding affordable legal services in Houston Texas. AJH serves modest means clients, providing legal services on a reduced fee calculated on a sliding scale.

Access to Justice (SD) -- The State Bar of South Dakota formed Access to Justice ("A2J"), which provides free and reduced fee legal services to the poor, elderly, veterans, disabled and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Advocacy Center of Louisiana (AC) -- Since 1977, serves the elderly and disabled. Has a staff of fifty who work out of offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette, and out of field offices throughout the state.

Advocacy Partners Team (FL) -- A nonprofit “low bono” law firm serving low-to-moderate income clients with affordable individual services that increase women’s security and prosperity.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) (Ohio) -- Non-profit regional law firm that provides high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio.

Advocates for Children of New York -- Formed in 1969, serves New York City students from birth through age 26, focusing on students from low-income backgrounds who are struggling in school or experiencing school discrimination.

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.

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.

Arkansas Access to Justice Commission (AATJ) -- The Arkansas Access to Justice Commission was created in December 2003 with one objective: To provide equal access to justice in civil cases for all Arkansans.

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.

Associated Grant Makers (AGM) (Boston) -- Based in Boston and founded in 1969, AGM is a membership association of philanthropic organizations and individuals with interests in Massachusetts and surrounding areas.

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.

Benchmark Institute -- Founded in 1989, provides consulting services and training in legal skills and organizational leadership.

Border Network for Human Rights (Texas) (BNHR) -- Founded in 1998, BNHR serves Texas and southern NM and is one of the leading human rights advocacy and immigration reform organizations located at the U.S./Mexico Border.

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.

Brigham Young University -- Founded in 1971, BYU Law School receives support from and is affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Brooklyn Law School -- Kaw school founded in 1901. It is located in Brooklyn Heights, New York City, and has approximately 1,100 students.

California Commission on Access to Justice (CCATJ) -- The 26-member commission of lawyers and judges, as well as academic, business, labor and community leaders, was established to explore ways to improve access to civil justice for Californians living on low and moderate incomes.

Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ) -- Founded 1998. Canadian nonprofit that uses research and advocacy for civil justice reform. Established in response to recommendations by the Canadian Bar Association. Housed at York University in Toronto.

Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) -- Founded 1974. Canadian nonprofit that seeks to improve quality of justice for all Canadians and preserve a strong, independent judiciary. Housed at the Faculty of Law of the University of Montreal.

Other Information Sources

Press Clips Covering This Geographic Area

Second chances can lift all
February 4, 2020 | Savannah Morning News | Nancy DeVetter | Letter to Editor

Va. Senate unanimously passes bill to end driver’s license suspensions for unpaid court fines
February 4, 2020 | WRIC (Richmond, VA) | Dean Mirshahi | News Story

Woman who faced eviction turned to Community Legal Aid for help get case dismissed
February 3, 2020 | WEWS-TV (Cleveland) | Bob Jones | News Story

An LSC grant program is trying to increase access to justice through tech
February 1, 2020 | ABA Journal | Stephanie Francis Ward | Feature

Minimum Wage Increases Are Great. But Only If Workers Actually Get Them.
January 30, 2020 | | Elena Botella | News Story

Advocates implore Cuomo to fund immigrant legal services
January 29, 2020 | Albany Times Union | Rebecca Carballo | News Story

Cohen Backs Bills to Expand Right to Counsel, Which Could Benefit Thousands
January 29, 2020 | Norwood News | Jose A. Giralt | News Story

After ‘public charge’ setback, advocates urge immigrants to seek legal guidance
January 28, 2020 | Queens Daily Eagle | Emma Whitford | News Story

Program to offer free legal services for farmers, small businesses at VLS
January 27, 2020 | Valley News (NH) | News Story