Iowa Legal Aid

Nonprofit organization providing critical legal assistance statewide through numerous offices.
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Primary geographic focus: Iowa
Organization type(s): Provider
Lists: LSC, LawHelp

Iowa Legal Aid is a nonprofit organization providing critical legal assistance to low-income and vulnerable Iowans who have nowhere else to turn.

Along with volunteer lawyers throughout the state, Iowa Legal Aid helps the legal system work for those who cannot afford help with legal issues.

In February 1977, the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa (now known as Iowa Legal Aid) was created through the merger of four existing separate legal services organizations located in Dubuque, Waterloo, Iowa City and Council Bluffs. In 2003, the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa and the Legal Aid Society of Polk County merged to form Iowa Legal Aid.



How to save families from losing everything

Martha Bergmark, Thomas E. Perez
July 27, 2015
There is a resource for our communities that does not receive enough attention, yet is critical to ensuring that families not only stay afloat but move up the economic ladder: civil legal aid.


How to reduce domestic violence with legal assistance

Martha Bergmark
Fox News
January 4, 2016
The causes of domestic violence are complex, and there is no single policy or program that can prevent it from happening. But there is one critical step we can take that we know makes a great deal of difference: ensuring survivors have access to legal help, regardless of their ability to pay.

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Too many Iowans don’t have access to legal aid, high court says

Morgan Gstalter
Des Moines Register
June 27, 2016
In response, the court is establishing the Iowa Access to Justice Commission to help remove financial barriers preventing people from getting legal representation.


How doctors and lawyers work together to improve children’s health

Dennis Groenenboom
Des Moines Register
December 27, 2016
Many of these complex social issues can best be addressed through the creation of medical legal partnerships.


Seeking justice and improving lives

Sam Jones
Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA)
April 12, 2017
Over the last 40 years, Iowa Legal Aid has successfully argued landmark cases that have improved the lives of all Iowans.

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Nonprofits that provide legal assistance receive grants from Iowa lawyer trust funds

Trish Mehaffey
Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA)
June 7, 2017
Two local nonprofit organizations that help lower income families and individuals facing civil legal issues will be able to provide more assistance after being awarded grants from the Iowa Supreme Court.


Trump has a chance to help domestic violence survivors

Martha Bergmark
Hill, The
February 28, 2018
If he wants to change the story, and at the same time provide real support for survivors of domestic violence, the president has an opportunity at his fingertips: Defend, don’t defund, the Legal Services Corporation.


10 under 40 recipient: Michelle Jungers: Legal Aid attorney raising the bar

Jeff Reinitz
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
December 18, 2018
Jungers is the managing attorney for Iowa Legal Aid’s Waterloo office, an organization that helps low-income residents with civil matters, including the risk of losing their homes.

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Unsanitized: Poor People Endure Multidimensional Hazards to Access Crisis Relief

David Dayen
American Prospect, The
May 18, 2020
So the poor have it coming at them from all sides. Creditors and predators are after the one-time payments. They endure numerous indignities to get boosted unemployment and only a little over half of them have been successful so far.

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‘It’s a lose-lose battle.’ She’s been waiting four weeks for the sheriff to evict her

Anna Bahney
CNN Business
August 19, 2020

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“There’s no actual penalty for violating it.” – How the CARES Act failed to protect tenants from eviction

Annie Nova
August 29, 2020


Ensuring All Iowans Have Access to Justice

Mark Zaiger
Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA)
December 29, 2014
In court cases involving domestic violence and housing, there is no right to a lawyer. Civil legal aid protects equal access to justice, writes Mark Zaiger.

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Proposed $100 Attorney Fee to Fund Legal Aid Fuels Debate

Grant Rodgers
Des Moines Register
December 10, 2014
To hire more attorneys, Iowa Legal Aid has championed a proposal to require most Iowa attorneys to pay a yearly $100 fee to support its budget.

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