Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


Op-Ed (California)

California eviction law is pushing working familes out of their neighborhoods or worse — onto the streets

March 23, 2018 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
Our eviction laws are antiquated, dangerous and inhumane. We must demand an expansion of tenant protections that will keep economically vulnerable people in safe housing. Tenants' rights are at least as important as landlords' privileges.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
Letter to Editor (Massachusetts)

The health, safety and livelihoods of many of our neighbors depend on civil legal aid

March 22, 2018 | Republican (Springfield, MA)
Now is not the time for to cut state funding for civil legal aid; it should be increased. The health, safety and livelihoods of many of our neighbors depend on it.
Tags: Funding: State & Local
Feature (Arkansas, NATIONAL)

What Happens When an Algorithm Cuts Your Health Care

March 21, 2018 | Verge
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.
Tags: Algorithm | Disability Rights | Medicaid
News Story (Kentucky, West Virginia)

Legal Aid ready to assist victims affected by Conn disability scam

March 21, 2018 | West Virginia Record
As investigators continue to determine which cases were fraudulent and which were not, the Social Security office has told many of Conn’s clients they may lose their Social Security benefits.
Tags: Consumer Protection | Disability Benefits
Interview (Louisiana)

SLLS executive director says legal help is an ‘often overlooked solution’ for homeless veterans

March 21, 2018 | Louisiana Record
Veterans accounted for around 10 percent of all homeless individuals in Louisiana, according to 2016 data from an annual Housing Urban Development (HUD) report.
Tags: Housing: Homelessness | Veterans
News Story (New York)

When ICE Tries to Deport Americans, Who Defends Them?

March 21, 2018 | New Yorker
For decades, U.S. citizens have been deported repeatedly, in isolated cases and en masse, due to racism and bureaucratic indifference, as well as the complexity of federal immigration laws.
Tags: Deportation
News Story, Video (Texas)

Proposed cut for legal aid for low-income Americans hurts programs for poor

March 20, 2018 | KRIS-TV (Corpus Christi)
Not only will this 2019 budget-cut hurt low-income Texans, it will also hurt the programs that help them.
Tags: Funding: Federal
News Story, Video (Ohio)

How legal representation for tenants in housing court can affect eviction outcomes in Cleveland

March 20, 2018 | WEWS-TV (Cleveland)
Failure to pay it could land you in eviction court, and the consequences can have a ripple effect in our community.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (Wyoming)

Migrant legal aid in high demand

March 20, 2018 | Olympian (WA)
Jackson Hole's only two practicing immigration attorneys can't accept any new cases.
Tags: Immigration Process
News Story (NATIONAL)

Consumer lawyers want to end Education Department’s partial student debt relief plan

March 19, 2018 | Washington Post
The Project on Predatory Student Lending at Harvard University, a legal services clinic, has asked a federal judge to stop the Education Department from using earnings data to grant only partial student loan forgiveness to defrauded borrowers.
Tags: For-profit college | Student Debt
News Story (Indiana)

Village Green residents are moving out, or looking for legal help, after utility fight

March 17, 2018 | South Bend Tribune
Mishawaka and owners to discuss utilities.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant
Interview (Maryland)

Some Americans Are Being Thrown Into Jail For Unpaid Debts

March 15, 2018 | Refinery29
How this tactic has evolved over time, what recourse impacted people have, and the importance of knowing your rights even in the midst of dire financial straits.
Tags: Court Debt | Debtors Prison
Op-Ed (NATIONAL, New York)

Legal tech is opening the system to those who need legal representation the most

March 14, 2018 | TechCrunch
If technology works so well in a legal setting, why haven’t we seen a greater breadth of legal tech solutions?
Tags: Access to Justice | Funding: Private/Foundation | Technology
Feature (Ohio)

Franklin County has the highest eviction rate in Ohio. Why? And what can be done about it?

March 14, 2018 | Columbus Alive
Franklin County has the highest eviction rate in Ohio. Why? And what can be done about it?
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL)

Legal Aid Funding ‘Crucial’ After Hurricanes, Florida Chief Justice Says

March 13, 2018 |
Comments at a congressional hearing in Washington came weeks after President Donald Trump threatened to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corp.
Tags: Disaster Recovery
News Story (NATIONAL)

Proposed Cuts to Civil Legal Services Will Deny Courtroom Justice to the Poor

March 11, 2018 | Truthout
Last year -- fiscal 2018 -- Trump identified the Legal Services Corporation as one of 19 organizations to be completely eliminated.
Tags: Funding: Federal
News Story (Texas)

Experiment with post-Harvey housing helps far fewer than expected

March 9, 2018 | Houston Chronicle
Rather than muscling up its program for short-term housing, FEMA called on the state of Texas to help find trailers, lease apartments and repair flood victims’ homes.
Tags: Disaster Recovery | Housing
News Story (Puerto Rico)

Hurricane Maria hit women in Puerto Rico the hardest. And they’re the ones building it back.

March 8, 2018 | Grist
As Puerto Rico recovers from Hurricane Maria, women like Martínez-Román are doing double duty — leading community efforts to rebuild while managing households with fewer resources.
Tags: Disaster Recovery
Editorial (Connecticut, NATIONAL)

Encouragement and Aspirations for the #LegalAidDefenders

March 2, 2018 | Connecticut Law Tribune
Within the swirl of political activity of 2017 lay yet another attack on the Legal Services Corp., the federal agency that serves as the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans.
Tags: Funding: Federal

What happens when you can’t afford to go bankrupt

March 2, 2018 | Washington Post
It happens every tax season. With many more people suddenly able to pay a lawyer, the number of bankruptcy filings jumps way up in March, stays high in April, then declines.
Tags: Bankruptcy | Technology
News Story (NATIONAL)

When You Can’t Afford to Go Bankrupt

March 2, 2018 | ProPublica
There’s ample evidence many people don’t file for bankruptcy simply because they can’t pay an attorney. It’s a fixable problem.
Tags: Bankruptcy | Technology
Op-Ed (Ohio)

Provide right to counsel in housing cases to reduce evictions, tackle poverty

March 2, 2018 | Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
When families lack safe, stable housing, many aspects of their lives fall apart. Eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
Audio, News Story (Texas)

This Texas Law Lets Your Landlord Take Your TV If You Don’t Pay Rent

February 28, 2018 | KUT (Austin)
The process is authorized by state law as a way to recoup unpaid rent, but it’s not as simple as your landlord walking into your apartment and taking whatever he or she wants.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Trump has a chance to help domestic violence survivors

February 28, 2018 | Hill, The
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.
Tags: Domestic Violence | Funding: Federal
News Story (Michigan)

‘Homeless Court’ in Detroit offers relief to poor

February 26, 2018 | Detroit News
For the very poor, the same ticket can be a financial disaster that leads to additional fines and a suspended license when they can’t pay up.
Tags: Courts | Housing: Homelessness
News Story (Texas)

Legal aid for low-income Texans cut under proposed 2019 White House budget

February 23, 2018 | KXAN (Local NBC, Austin, TX)
Connie Castillo and Jeanette Bell live in different parts of Texas, but both share a similar feeling: If it wasn’t for civil legal aid services coming to their help, they don’t know what they would do.
Tags: Funding: Federal
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Problems continue with state investigation of nursing home complaints, report says

February 22, 2018 | Philadelphia Inquirer
From 2015 through 2017, nursing-home inspectors dismissed 85 percent of complaints against Philadelphia nursing homes as unsubstantiated, just a small improvement from the previous three-year period.
Tags: Nursing Homes
News Story (Minnesota)

Landlord battles haunt Twin Cities low-income renters

February 22, 2018 | Minnesota Public Radio
While unlawful detainers are almost always about missed rent, they also capture other kinds of fights with landlords that have nothing to do with rent.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant | Lead Poisoning
Op-Ed (Florida)

Low-income hurricane victims being denied legal assistance

February 21, 2018 | Miami Herald
Congress must appropriate funding that permits legal aid groups to provide legal help, including representation, for as long as necessary for recovery, which we know can take years.
Tags: Disaster Recovery | Funding: Federal
News Story (Indiana)

Amid another call for defunding, LSC asking for an increase

February 20, 2018 | Indiana Lawyer
LSC leaders are confident of continued support from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill but the organization is asking for more money even though it may still get a funding cut in fiscal year 2018.
Tags: Funding: Federal