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Could Virtual Aid Improve Court Access For The Lawyerless?

Kevin Penton
Law360
October 6, 2019
With approximately half of all civil litigants walking into Massachusetts courtrooms without attorneys to provide counsel, a large percentage are potentially exposing themselves to negative legal outcomes as they contend with quotidian matters such as debt, divorces or rent disputes, a nonprofit’s recent study contends.

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3 Ways Legal Aid Attys Are Using Tech To Boost Court Access

Natalie Rodriguez
Law360
October 20, 2019
On Oct. 10, the Legal Services Corp. announced which 30 legal organizations had scored a slice of $4.2 million in grant money it was offering to fund technology projects that increase low-income Americans' access to legal help.

Interview

Karen Lash On Finding Legal Aid Funding In High Places

RJ Vogt
Law360
October 20, 2019
Law360 spoke with Lash on her work in the Department of Justice and more recent efforts to make civil legal aid a more integral part of executive branches around the country.

Op-Ed

Thank A Female Veteran With Access To Legal Services

Rep. Susan Wild
Law360
October 28, 2019
It is the duty of members of Congress to support our men and women in uniform after they come home. Due to the increase in female service members since 2001, the number of women seeking care at the Department of Veterans Affairs has increased by 80%.

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How Local Courts Sidestep The Right To An Attorney

RJ Vogt
Law360
October 28, 2019
According to Joanna Weiss, a co-founder of the Fines and Fees Justice Center, it’s no surprise that constitutional violations occur in local courts because many of them primarily serve their town or city’s bottom line.

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Why A Post-Disaster Rule For Pro Bono Aid Isn’t For Everyone

Emma Cueto
Law360
October 28, 2019
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, legal aid provider Southeast Louisiana Legal Services knew that people in its community would need its help with everything from disputes with landlords to appeals of insurance claim decisions.

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How Corporate America Can Help Close The Justice Gap

Kevin Penton
Law360
September 29, 2019
When the Trump administration threatened to eliminate the Legal Services Corp. this year, Hewlett Packard Enterprise helped marshal corporate general counsel to fight back. It’s one timely example, according to business leaders at a recent Manhattan event, of the power that companies have to enact social change.

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All Work And Low Pay: Wage Gap Persists For Legal Aid Attys

Emma Cueto
Law360
September 29, 2019
While it isn’t surprising that attorneys working for nonprofit groups would receive less pay, the size of the discrepancy — and the low salaries in general — is concerning, Sandman said.

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Legal Aid Groups Shouldn’t Wait For A Disaster To Act

Emma Cueto
Law360
September 22, 2019
When people think of providing aid after a hurricane, earthquake or flood, they don't typically think of legal aid, but natural disaster victims often need help with everything from disputes with landlords to appealing a denied FEMA claim to proving their identity after losing key documents.

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Vets’ Win In Landmark Suit Could Force VA To Spend Billions

RJ Vogt
Law360
September 22, 2019
If you’re a veteran and you’ve used third-party insurance to partially cover the cost of a trip to the local emergency room, the Department of Veterans Affairs has probably refused to reimburse you for the remaining expenses.

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Like It Or Not, Law May Open Its Doors To Nonlawyers

Aebra Coe
Law360
September 22, 2019
Illinois is poised to launch an official exploration into opening up the legal profession to nonlawyers, in what some say could be a "tipping point" for such efforts to increase access to legal help, despite heated attorney opposition in places like California.

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Cleveland May Join Crusade To Increase Eviction Atty Access

Kevin Penton
Law360
August 25, 2019
Cleveland is the latest in a series of municipalities across the country that are considering — or have already created — a right to counsel for certain individuals who face eviction, a move that advocates hope will prevent housing problems from spawning other economic and health woes for families.

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DOJ Pressed To Explain Legal Aid Cut For Trafficking Victims

RJ Vogt
Law360
August 11, 2019
The change generated an uproar from survivors, advocates, service-providers, local prosecutors and the American Bar Association, all of whom raised concerns that it would prevent access to legal services for people who need it most.

News Story

Top Legal Aid Funder Lands $15M Marked For Disaster Relief

RJ Vogt
Law360
June 9, 2019
On June 3, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the second year in a row to earmark $15 million for LSC — this time without limitations on how it could be used.

News Story

Legal Aid For Migrant Kids Too Vital To Cut, Advocates Say

Emma Cueto
Law360
June 9, 2019
Advocates have loudly denounced the plan, saying that the services that HHS would need to cut are crucial for children and should be fully funded.

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How Legal Aid Groups Built An Army To Help Migrant Kids

Nicole Narea
Law360
May 19, 2019
Some legal aid groups have made it their mission to rally pro bono attorneys ready to advocate for immigrant children left unrepresented by the system.

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Legal Aid Groups Think Bold To Fill Rural Gaps

RJ Vogt
Law360
May 12, 2019
"It became very clear that if we could work with our health care providers, we could have a much stronger footprint," Nelson said.

News Story

Closing Housing Justice Gap Needs More Than Lawyers

Andrew Strickler
Law360
April 14, 2019
A daunting justice gap facing low-income people threatened with home evictions demands a “wrap around” response by volunteer lawyers backed by social services and other kinds of assistance, pro bono advocates said Tuesday.

Interview

Legal Aid Vet Bergmark Dishes On Rising Up For Civil Justice

RJ Vogt
Law360
April 21, 2019
Last month, Voices launched All Rise for Civil Justice, a platform providing stories of people about the people enmeshed in the world of bankruptcy, debt-collection, divorce, tenant-landlord disagreements, child custody battles, benefits challenges and more.

News Story

Closing Housing Justice Gap Needs More Than Lawyers

Andrew Strickler
Law360
April 14, 2019
A daunting justice gap facing low-income people threatened with home evictions demands a “wrap around” response by volunteer lawyers backed by social services and other kinds of assistance, pro bono advocates said Tuesday.

News Story

Will Congress Heed Trump’s Call To Nix Legal Aid Funder?

RJ Vogt
Law360
March 24, 2019
For the third year in a row, President Donald Trump’s annual budget calls for the elimination of the Legal Services Corp., but advocates for America’s largest single funder of legal aid services remain hopeful that lawmakers will again rebuff that recommendation.

News Story

Tenant Access To Eviction Counsel Gains Steam In Philly

Matt Fair
Law360
March 17, 2019
After spending two years providing low-income tenants facing possible eviction with pro bono legal representation, Philadelphia's mayor and City Council are taking steps to make the pilot program permanent.

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Will Congress Heed Trump’s Call To Nix Legal Aid Funder?

RJ Vogt
Law360
March 24, 2019
For the third year in a row, President Trump’s budget calls for eliminating LSC, but advocates for America’s main funder of civil legal aid remain hopeful that lawmakers will again rebuff that recommendation.

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Clean Slate: How Ditching A Criminal Record Is No Easy Task

RJ Vogt
Law360
February 10, 2019
Last year, a growing awareness of how criminal records can have long-lasting consequences led a wave of 20 states to make it easier for people to clear their records via expungement or sealing.

News Story , Video

One Woman’s Attempt To Rebuild After Hurricane Maria

Annie Pancak
Law360
February 10, 2019
In August 2018, after many Puerto Ricans were denied aid for damage done by Hurricane Maria, the Federal Emergency Management Agency changed the way it verifies property ownership.

Feature

‘Now Is The Real Crisis’: Puerto Ricans Struggle For Disaster Aid

Carolina Bolado, Natalie Rodriguez
Law360
February 10, 2019
A survey of more than 2,000 people in all but one municipality on the island by the titleship clinic at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law found that 49 percent of residents have problems with their titles or lack titles.

Feature

No Country For Old Lawyers: Rural U.S. Faces A Legal Desert

Cara Bayles, Jack Karp
Law360
January 27, 2019
Although about 20 percent of Americans live in rural areas, only 2 percent of lawyers practice there.

News Story

Shutdown Delays Leave Immigrants In Extended Legal Limbo

Cara Bayles
Law360
January 27, 2019
Unlike federal district court, immigration court falls under the purview of the U.S. Department of Justice and has been subject to partial closures due to the government shutdown that began in December.

Feature

As DIY Litigants Crowd The Docket, Courts Step In To Help

Cara Salvatore
Law360
January 6, 2019
While they remain rare for now, clinics like the one in the Eastern District of New York appear to be catching on in federal court as a way to aid self-represented litigants, for whom putting together a legally coherent complaint can be an insurmountable barrier.

News Story

Courts Turn To Cellphone Bans Despite Access Concerns

RJ Vogt
Law360
December 2, 2018
Such is the conundrum for litigants without lawyers in 56 Massachusetts trial court facilities with active cellphone bans, according to research published in July by the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law & Justice.

News Story

A Blank Check for Legal Aid Gets Harder to Cash

Jack Karp
Law360
November 26, 2018
IOLTA programs across the country have been a major source of dollars for civil legal aid programs for decades, but anemic interest rates since the financial crash in 2008 have largely drained what was once a much deeper pond.

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Calif. May Propel In-House Pro Bono Changes In Other States

Andrew Strickler
Law360
November 25, 2018
The California State Bar Board of Trustees is now considering a new allowance for registered in-house counsel to do pro bono work under the supervision of that entity or an eligible legal aid organization.

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Legal Technicians Step In To Fight Justice Gap

Adam Rhodes
Law360
November 18, 2018
Such programs are part of a broader movement attempting to reckon with "a spectrum of legal needs" that may not require an attorney, said David S. Udell.

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Philly Sees New Push To Provide Attys For Poor Tenants

RJ Vogt
Law360
November 18, 2018
According to a report commissioned by the Philadelphia Bar Association and released last week, residents of the poorest major city in the country are evicted at a rate 150 percent higher than the national average.

News Story

MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant Spotlights Access To Justice Field

RJ Vogt
Law360
October 28, 2018
For decades, the subject of legal aid, pro bono efficacy, alternatives to traditional representation and other legal access issues has suffered from a dearth of scholarship.

News Story

Legal Aid Funder Faces Existential Crisis Under Trump

RJ Vogt
Law360
October 28, 2018
Following Donald Trump's election to the presidency, the LSC and its grantees face an existential crisis — for the first time since President Ronald Reagan left office, the executive branch has repeatedly called for LSC's elimination.



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