STATE COMPARISONS

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


Good Sources

Justice Index — Helpful interactive website, launched 2014 and updated regularly, that offers state-by-state comparisons.

Access Across America report (2011) — full report (PDF)” — In 2011, Rebecca L. Sandefur and Aaron C. Smyth authored “Access Across America: First Report of the Civil Justice Infrastructure Mapping Project” “full report (PDF)“. This report was the first-ever state-by-state portrait of the services available to assist the U.S. public in accessing civil justice. The report documents, for the nation as a whole and individually for the 50 states and the District of Columbia, five aspects of the access to civil justice infrastructure: connecting, funding, delivery, coordination and regulation. Data was gathered from October 2010 to May 2011, so parts of the report may be out of date. Still, it’s one good place to start. Ask knowledgeable people from the relevant state to confirm facts and update you on recent developments.


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.

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.

Alabama Access to Justice Commission (AATJ) -- Created by order of the Supreme Court of Alabama in April 2007 to coordinate among the legally underserved, the legal community, social service providers and the private and public sectors.

Alaska Fairness and Access Commission (AFAC) -- The Alaska Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Fairness and Access released the final report from its examination of concerns involving racial and ethnic biases and the operation of the Alaska Court System in 1997.

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.

American University Washington College of Law -- The law school of American University. It is located on the western side of Tenley Circle in the Tenleytown section of Northwest Washington, D.C.

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).

Arizona Commission on Access to Justice (ACATJ) -- The Arizona Commission on Access to Justice was established by Administrative Order No. 2014-83 on August 20, 2014.


Other Information Sources

National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel: Interactive map for state comparisons


Press Clips Covering This Geographic Area

‘We Were The Catalyst’: How Atlanta Legal Aid Launched a Landmark SCOTUS Ruling
August 13, 2019 | Law.com | R. Robin McDonald | News Story

Families Affected By Mississippi ICE Raids Scramble To Find Support
August 13, 2019 | WAMU (DC) | Debbie Elliott | News Story

Advocates Scramble To Help Mississippi Families Caught Up In ICE Raids
August 12, 2019 | National Public Radio (NPR) | Debbie Elliott | Audio

Nonprofit Legal Services Groups Help Get Pot Offense Records Sealed in NYC
August 11, 2019 | Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) | Ruth McCambridge | News Story

DOJ Pressed To Explain Legal Aid Cut For Trafficking Victims
August 11, 2019 | Law360 | RJ Vogt | News Story

Confronting Domestic Abuse: How Legal Aid Provided a Lifeline When I Needed It
August 9, 2019 | Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) | Athena Gough | Op-Ed

How To Help The Families Impacted By The Massive Mississippi ICE Raid
August 9, 2019 | Refinery29 | Tiffany Diane Tso | News Story

South Florida Attorneys Bring Help For Migrant Kids That Have To Face U.S. Courts On Their Own
August 8, 2019 | WLRN (South Florida) | Madeline Fox | Audio, News Story