Northwest Justice Project (NJP) (WA)

Washington state’s publicly funded legal aid program that employs more than 100 lawyers and paralegals working in 17 locations throughout Washington.
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Primary geographic focus: Washington
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: NJP
Lists: LSC

Each year NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.

Northwest Justice Project (NJP), Washington’s publicly funded legal aid program. Each year NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.

NJP’s mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities. As a dynamic statewide law firm, we pursue our mission through legal advice and representation, community partnerships, and education to empower clients and combat injustice in all its forms.

NJP operates a toll-free intake and referral hotline called CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education Advice and Referral). CLEAR serves as the statewide, centralized point of access for clients seeking free legal help, including advice, education, limited legal services, self-help materials and, where available, referrals for further representation. NJP attorneys in offices around the state provide assistance and direct representation in high priority, complex cases, including cases that address barriers to persons seeking access to our justice system, and also engage in community education efforts.

NJP also maintains WashingtonLawHelp, a public website containing an extensive library of legal resources, self-help materials, including necessary court forms in areas of law needed most by low income persons, the great majority of whom are forced to appear in court unrepresented.


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Washington State Legal Aid Lawyers Cheer Supreme Court’s Fair Housing Act Decision

Ashley Gross
KPLU News (local NPR, Puget Sound region)
June 29, 2015
The recent Supreme Court ruling on housing discrimination has Washington state legal aid lawyers cheering.

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Justice Gap For The Low Income Has Widened In Washington

Posey Gruener
KUOW (local NPR, Seattle)
October 29, 2015
There are significant barriers to justice Washington state, according to a study published Thursday. It says that low-income Washington residents face multiple civil legal problems, but few can afford the help they need.


There’s truly big need for civil legal aid

Olympian (WA)
November 14, 2015
The 2015 Washington State Civil Legal Needs Update study makes the case for greater legislative action.

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Attorneys hope to ease burden on poor of legal needs

Jordan Schrader
Olympian (WA)
November 18, 2015
More than three-quarters of poor Washingtonians with civil legal problems face them without attorneys, according to a recent survey due to be presented to state lawmakers at a Thursday committee hearing.

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After Overpayment Of Benefits, VA Wanted $38,000 Back

Patricia Murphy
KUOW (local NPR, Seattle), National Public Radio (NPR)
January 27, 2016
The Department of Veterans Affairs says it overpaid 2,200 incarcerated vets more than $24 million but puts the burden on veterans when the fault of overpayment is their own.

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State Supreme Court rejects Benton County’s collection of court fees from woman’s disability payments

Kristin M. Kraemer
Tri-City Herald (WA)
September 22, 2016
This Benton County case is expected to be cited by prosecutors and judges in the future when addressing a person’s present or future ability to pay.

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Legal justice program helps veterans

November 14, 2016
Adams helps lead the veteran arm of the Northwest Justice Project. It's a state and federally funded organization with 17 locations around Washington providing free legal help in civil cases to those who can't afford it otherwise.

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Vets can find needed legal aid

Andrew Binion
Kitsap Sun (WA)
November 16, 2016
It was help from the Northwest Justice Project, which provides civil legal services for those who cannot afford to hire a private attorney, that put him on solid ground.

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Local services would feel sting with Trump budget

Dian Ver Valen
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (WA)
March 19, 2017
The Northwest Justice Project, headquartered in Seattle, is one such group that operates an office in Walla Walla where low-income people can receive help with civil legal aid.

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Legal aid leaders prep for fight over Trump budget

Jefferson Robbins
Wenatchee World (WA)
March 22, 2017
Presidential budget proposals seldom pass Congress intact, but Doran says the threat to civil legal aid can’t be ignored.


Adequate Funding for Civil Legal Aid System Necessary for Fairness

Peter J. Abbarno, Todd Chaput
Chronicle (Centralia, WA)
March 30, 2017
In this time of budget and policy challenges, we should all be able to agree that access to justice is part of what helps our community succeed and is a central part of our democracy.


State should bolster civil legal aid

Peter Grabicki, Greg Tripp
Spokesman-Review (WA)
May 21, 2017
For those of us who work in the legal system across Washington state, we share a commitment to making sure everyone has access to justice, regardless of their income.


The law can be scary; the library can help

Krystal Corbray
Yakima Herald-Republic (WA)
June 21, 2017
When it comes to legal problems, a trip to traffic court is probably the most complex issue many people are prepared to handle on their own.


Liberty and justice for Tacomans jeopardized

Derek Kilmer
Tacoma News Tribune (WA)
June 25, 2017
Our legal system shouldn’t deny justice to working families and veterans. Those on fixed incomes shouldn’t be cut out of our legal system.


Want to make a real difference for struggling vets? Ensure access to legal aid

Alicia McCormick
Navy Times
August 6, 2017
Far too often, veterans do not know their rights and don’t get the help they need. Low-income veterans and other military personnel received inadequate or no professional legal help for 88 percent of their civil legal problems in 2017.

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An increase in state funding means more help for those facing civil legal issues

Natalie Breymeyer
Skagit Valley Herald (WA)
August 27, 2017
On June 30, funding for civil legal aid statewide was increased by $5.15 million. This will allow NJP to expand its services and offer legal aid to more people.


The Fight for Civil Legal Aid

Natalie Breymeyer
Klipsun Magazine
May 27, 2018
Low-income residents find themselves unsure of how to deal with civil cases, but attorneys in Bellingham are dedicated to providing them with legal aid.


Local branch of Northwest Justice Project helps low-income people with legal services

Karlene Ponti
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
June 12, 2018
The organization provides free civil legal aid to low-income persons in need of help.

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

Natalie Rodriguez
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.

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Under Pressure: Legal Aid Attys Brace For Virus’s Impacts

Emma Cueto
March 15, 2020
As the entire legal industry continues reacting to the spread of COVID-19, the legal aid community is bracing for its expected impact on their services for underserved communities. And in some parts of the country, providers are already weathering the effects. This article looks at how some providers across the country are preparing.


Justice for all, not only for those who can afford it

Cyrus Habib, Steve O’Ban
Seattle Times
April 18, 2015
Two state representatives make a bipartisan case that lawmakers must help fund an effective civil legal aid system in Washington state.

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