Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR)

Roundtable of 17 collaborating Federal agencies convened by the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
Organization website

Primary geographic focus: NATIONAL
Organization type(s): ATJ Initiative, Government
Acronym or short name: LAIR

The White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) convened a “Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable” (Roundtable) to explore ways in which civil legal aid can support Federal efforts to promote access to health services, housing, education, employment, family stability and community well-being. Staffed by the Access to Justice Initiative – a DOJ office launched in 2010 to help spearhead national efforts to expand access to civil legal aid and criminal indigent defense – the Roundtable involves 17 collaborating Federal agencies.


Letter to Editor

Turning U.N. Development Goals Into Reality

David Udell, Risa E. Kaufman
New York Times (NYT)
October 2, 2015
The United States championed the goals, including Goal 16. Now it can be a global leader in carrying them out by ensuring their impact at home.

Blog Post

The White House Turns Its Attention To Legal Aid With LAIR

Sam Wright
Above the Law
October 6, 2015
The President recently created the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR). Here's why you should care.

Blog Post

Presidential Memorandum Draws Link Between Civil Legal Aid and Social Conditions of Health

Ellen Lawton
Huffington Post
December 2, 2015
The Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable will coordinate among federal programs that help the vulnerable and underserved, and advance relevant evidence-based research, data collection, and analysis of civil legal aid.

Long Form

No Money, No Lawyer, No Justice – The vast, hidden inequities of the civil legal system

Kathryn Joyce
New Republic
June 22, 2020

Blog Post

Protecting Taxpayers from Abuse

Martha Bergmark
Huffington Post
April 14, 2014
Civil legal aid groups, their lawyers and volunteers play an important role in protecting low-income taxpayers against abuse by tax preparers and minimizing the drain from taxpayers pocketbooks.

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