Neighborhood Legal Services Association (Pittsburgh) (NSLA)

Established in 1966 as a non-profit, public interest law firm serving Allegheny (and later) Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties in Pennsylvania.
Organization website

Primary geographic focus: Pennsylvania
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: NLSA
Lists: LSC

NLSA offers free civil legal services for individuals and families who would otherwise be denied access to justice — one of the very basic rights that so many of us take for granted. NLSA exists to protect the poor and vulnerable individuals in our community through effective civil legal representation and provides assistance to those clients seeking a fair resolution to significant problems.

NLSA’s clients include hard-working low-wage earners, victims of domestic violence, the disabled, abused seniors, and the homeless, as well as countless others –people without the resources to afford legal assistance even when their need is desperate. Assistance may include direct legal representation, legal advice and counsel, referrals, community legal education, self-help clinics, or special projects.


News Story

Tenants seek receiver to take over troubled Penn Hills complex

Kate Giammarise
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 6, 2018
A group of tenants in a Penn Hills apartment complex that has fallen into disastrous disrepair are asking a judge to appoint a receiver who would take over the property while arguments over ownership drag on.

News Story

How Much Does It Help To Expunge A Criminal Record? Local Study Seeks To Find Out

An-Li Herring
WESA (Pittsburgh)
September 23, 2019
Expungement erases past arrests and charges, and removes old or low-level convictions from public view. But no empirical data show how much of an impact it has on job or housing prospects, or on the chances of future arrests.


Trump has a chance to help domestic violence survivors

Martha Bergmark
Hill, The
February 28, 2018
If he wants to change the story, and at the same time provide real support for survivors of domestic violence, the president has an opportunity at his fingertips: Defend, don’t defund, the Legal Services Corporation.

News Story

Armed with high-tech assistance, legal aid attorneys aim to assist more people filing for bankruptcy

Kate Giammarise
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 22, 2018
Attorneys at Pittsburgh's Neighborhood Legal Services Association, with the assistance of volunteer attorneys, have started using Upsolve, a software program that automates much of the work that used to require the time and effort of a human attorney.

News Story

Federal cuts would target civil legal aid for poor

Kate Giammarise
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 27, 2017
Funds for low-income people seeking legal help in civil cases — such as those involving domestic violence protection from abuse orders, child custody issues, evictions, mortgage foreclosures — could potentially become scarcer.

News Story

Teaming up to help Pittsburgh-area tenants in public housing eviction cases

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 28, 2015
Article about the partnership in Pittsburgh between legal aid and a private law firm to help with unlawful evictions.

Blog Post

Funding civil legal aid: A bipartisan issue

Sharon Browne, Martha Minow
Hill, The
April 13, 2015
The funding crisis for civil legal aid puts America’s commitment to justice at stake. Funding for civil legal aid is a bipartisan issue.


Dick Thornburgh: Ensuring justice for all with legal aid

Dick Thornburgh
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 5, 2017
Legal aid services are a lifeline for many, and essential to our system of justice.

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