Legal Aid of Arkansas (LAA) (Jonesboro, AR)

Nonprofit that provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals. Headquartered in Jonesboro. Serves 31 of the 75 counties in Arkansas.
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Primary geographic focus: Arkansas
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: LAA
Lists: LSC

In order to qualify for free legal assistance from a program funded by LSC, you must not have income and assets over a certain level. Our income eligibility guidelines are based off the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. View our income guidelines here.

Due to limited resources, we can only accept cases that fall within our established priorities. Examples of these case type priorities include: Guardianships; Powers of Attorney; Wills; Orders of Protection; Domestic Abuse; Landlord/Tenant disputes; Contract disputes; Debt relief; Consumer matters; Disability rights; Employment rights; Problems with public benefits, including Medicaid, Food Stamps, TEA, Medicare, SSI, child care, and subsidized housing; End of life instructions; Garnishments and Evictions.

A 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to low-income individuals residing in the state of Arkansas in civil (non-criminal) cases. LAA is headquartered in Jonesboro and serves 31 of the 75 counties in Arkansas.



The threat Trump poses that gets almost no attention

Catherine Rampell
Washington Post
July 3, 2017
Low-income families, whether in red-state America or blue, turn out to need a lot of legal help.


Justice for all

Justice Robin Wynne
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 16, 2017
Legal aid deserves support.

News Story

DHS rule change threatens disabled care

Jacob Rosenberg
Arkansas Times
October 11, 2017
ARChoices algorithm inspires state and federal lawsuits.

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Free Clinic To Help Arkansans Expunge Their Criminal Records

Colton Faull
KUAR (Little Rock, AR)
October 24, 2017
A criminal record can often prevent people from obtaining employment, secure housing, or qualifying for loans.


Joshua Silverstein on the Importance of Pro Bono Work in the Legal System

Mark Friedman
Arkansas Business
October 27, 2017
As part of Pro Bono Week, which ends Saturday, Arkansas Business talked with Joshua Silverstein, a law professor at the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, about the importance of pro bono work in the legal system.

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Working 4 You: Computer Program Determines Critical Care

Marci Manley
KARK4 (local NBC, Little Rock)
November 14, 2017
Controversy surrounds a program that Arkansans with profound disabilities, and those affected by aging, rely on to receive their life-sustaining care in their homes instead of in an institution.

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Working 4 You: A Formula for Care, Finding a Solution

Marci Manley
KARK4 (local NBC, Little Rock)
November 16, 2017
A new assessment system implemented by the state has cut hours unfairly


What Happens When an Algorithm Cuts Your Health Care

Colin Lecher
March 21, 2018
Algorithmic tools like the one Arkansas instituted in 2016 are everywhere from health care to law enforcement, altering lives in ways the people affected can usually only glimpse, if they know they’re being used at all.

News Story

Judge orders DHS to stop using algorithm for home care hours; DHS says services won’t be disrupted

Benjamin Hardy
Arkansas Times
May 14, 2018
The decision is a victory for advocates of the disabled, including Legal Aid of Arkansas, which represented the plaintiffs.

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Judge orders Arkansas home-care aid formula’s end

Andy Davis
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 15, 2018
State agency failed to notify Medicaid users, Griffen says.

Blog Post

Disabled Medicaid recipients ask judge to block DHS emergency rule on home care hours

Benjamin Hardy
Arkansas Times
May 18, 2018
The state agency says the emergency rule is necessary for it to serve beneficiaries. A brief for the plaintiffs calls that argument from DHS "alarmist claptrap."

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Arkansas judge orders state to end care-hours setup, sets hearing on whether to hold DHS in contempt

Andy Davis
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 22, 2018
In a ruling on May 14, Griffen agreed with Jonesboro-based Legal Aid of Arkansas that the department failed to give adequate public notice before it began using the algorithm, which resulted in reductions in hours for many participants.

News Story

Medicaid Recipient Reacts to ARChoices Ruling

Benjamin Hardy
KLRT (Little Rock, Arkansas)
May 30, 2018
Lead plaintiff Bradley Ledgerwood of Cash (Craighead County) said he felt "relieved" the emergency rule was suspended because he feared it would lead to a reduction of attendant care hours.

News Story

Arkansas Works deadline looms; health coverage at risk for many

Andy Davis
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 30, 2018
Arkansas Works enrollees face work compliance cutoff.

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Plaintiffs’ welfare at risk, says filing in ARPath lawsuit

John Lynch
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 2, 2017
In a request filed Tuesday, the plaintiffs asked the judge to decide by Monday whether he will force the state, at least temporarily, to revert to the way it used to determine how much in-home service each recipient was allotted.

News Story

Lawsuit filed against DHS over ‘secret computer algorithm’

Jeff Bricker
Jonesboro Sun (AR)
January 29, 2017
The lawsuit, filed late Thursday by Legal Aid of Arkansas, alleges that DHS has used a "secret computer algorithm" to reduce in-home health services to many disabled Arkansans.

News Story

Legal nonprofit files 2nd suit over ArPath

Andy Davis
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2017
The Arkansas Department of Human Services failed to follow a state law when it began using a new method to determine Medicaid recipients' eligibility for home-based services for the elderly and disabled, a lawsuit filed Thursday contends.

Blog Post

Legal Aid sues DHS again over algorithm denial of benefits to disabled: Update with DHS comment

Leslie Newell Peacock
Arkansas Times
January 27, 2017
The seven plaintiffs in the suit are low-income individuals with disabilities including cerebral palsy, quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis and other debilitating illnesses whose Medicaid ARChoices benefits were cut by an average of 43 percent.

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7 disabled file suit against state

Jason Pederson
KATV (local ABC, Little Rock)
January 27, 2017
Ledgerwood and over 7,000 other disabled Arkansas adults receive Medicaid waivers through the ARChoices program. But a new assessment tool introduced by DHS last year cut ledgerwood's weekly attendant care hours from 56 to 32.

News Story

Judge: Medicaid cuts inadequately explained

Andy Davis
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 29, 2016
Arkansas can't reduce a Helena-West Helena woman's Medicaid benefits until it issues an adequate notice explaining why it plans to do so, a federal judge ruled Friday.


Arkansas attorney fights for justice in courtroom… and on stage

WREG-TV (Memphis, TN)
June 29, 2015
Profile on the unexpected passion of a legal aid attorney.

News Story

For Pacific Islanders, Hopes and Troubles in Arkansas

Bret Schulte
New York Times (NYT)
July 12, 2012
Legal Aid of Arkansas has helped Marshall Islanders with a civil rights petition to the Arkansas state government asking for a Marshallese-language driver’s test.

Investigative , News Story

Can You Go to Jail for Not Paying Rent?

Eli Hager
Marshall Project
April 16, 2015
This article dives into Arkansas' failure-to-vacate statute that criminalizes being late on rent and how civil legal aid lawyers are challenging it in court.

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