Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA)

Begun in 1937, JALA, a 501(c)3 organization, is a law firm of 40 attorneys specializing in providing civil legal assistance to low-income persons.
Organization website

Primary geographic focus: Florida
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: JALA


News Story

Jacksonville City Council Passes Bill To Help Fight ‘Zombie’ Houses

Lindsey Kilbride
WJCT Jacksonville
June 10, 2015
Story covering Jacksonville's response to zombie foreclosures.

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What the Supreme Court’s disparate impact ruling means for lenders

Trey Garrison
September 1, 2015
The Supreme Court ruling on disparate impact is a victory for fair housing advocates, blow to the housing and mortgage finance industry.

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New legal investigation into Eureka Gardens

WJXT (Jacksonville, FL)
October 8, 2015
Jacksonville's troubled Eureka Gardens apartment complex is now the focus of a new legal investigation.

Letter to Editor

Legal Aid needs and deserves support from the city

Rhonda Peoples-Waters
Florida Times-Union
January 11, 2016
Letter to the editor arguing for the city of Jacksonville to step up and start funding its local legal aid office.

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Title loans trap Florida consumers in debt, critics say

Susan Jacobson
Orlando Sentinel
February 20, 2016
Predatory title loans trap Florida borrowers in cycle of debt, consumer advocates say.

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Lawsuit aims to prompt city inspectors to keep close eye on HUD properties, protect tenants

Christopher Hong, Andrew Pantazi
Florida Times-Union
September 18, 2016
A group of public housing residents are suing a city official for not enforcing building-quality standards at federally subsidized apartments, saying the policy has unfairly left low-income tenants to languish in poor living conditions that are illegal under city law.

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Florida’s top judge calling for expansion of legal aid services

Mike Vasilinda
WCTV (legal CBS, Tallahassee)
February 3, 2017
The services help people through the court system in divorce, foreclosure, or other civil cases. Advocates say the assistance saves everyone money.


Legal aid positively impacts economy

Stephanie Marchman
Daily Commercial (FL)
April 11, 2017
Those of us in the legal community have long understood the positive impact of legal aid on low-income families, but we now have powerful evidence that legal aid also benefits the economy in our community and statewide.


Attorney runs 160 miles across Florida to raise $50K for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid

Garrett Pelican
Florida Times-Union
June 2, 2017
Freed, 48, erased those doubts Friday afternoon as he crossed the finish line on the lawn of the Duval County Courthouse, wrapping up the final leg of his six-day, six-marathon journey that took him from Tallahassee to Jacksonville.

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The Reasons More Older Americans Are Filing for Bankruptcy

Tami Kamin Meyer
Next Avenue
November 16, 2017
Getting out of debt this way can be a 'godsend'.

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Crisis in reverse mortgages? Some say yes

Charles Elmore
Seattle Times
December 9, 2017
The Federal Housing Administration says an insurance program backing reverse mortgages is “losing money and can no longer remain viable in its present form.” So it implemented new rules in October.

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A Blank Check for Legal Aid Gets Harder to Cash

Jack Karp
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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New legal aid program for veterans launched

Max Marbut
Jacksonville Daily Record
November 27, 2019
Jim Kowalski, JALA president and CEO, said the effort to fund the statewide program is the first money approved for civil legal aid by the state Legislature.

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Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Launches Service For Veterans In Need Of Assistance

WJCT Jacksonville
December 3, 2019
Military veterans who need legal help now have a place to turn that’s geared to their specific needs.

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Coronavirus Forces Courts to Experiment

Laura Kusisto
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
March 28, 2020

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With no moratorium in place for FL renters, ‘We expect a tsunami of evictions’

Laura Cassels
Florida Phoenix
August 19, 2020

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How Legal Aid Lawyers Have Been Preparing for More Evictions

Jared Brey
September 1, 2020

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