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
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 Data was gathered from October 2010 to May 2011, so parts of the report may be out of date.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 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.
Organizations (not Providers) Related to This Geographic AreaSelected, incomplete list of organizations that have done something relating to civil legal aid. Listing below does not imply endorsement.
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.
-- Focuses on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities. Currently has about 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide.
Other Information Sources
National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel: Interactive map for state comparisons
Press Clips Covering This Geographic Area