Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


Letter to Editor (Georgia)

Second chances can lift all

February 4, 2020 | Savannah Morning News
Most people are not aware that, no matter how many years have passed or how much a person has changed, almost all convictions stay on a person’s record forever in Georgia, creating lifetime barriers to employment, housing and well-being
Tags: Expungement / Record Sealing
News Story (Virginia)

Va. Senate unanimously passes bill to end driver’s license suspensions for unpaid court fines

February 4, 2020 | WRIC (Richmond, VA)
The Virginia Senate unanimously passed legislation Monday that would put an end to the practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of those who have not paid their court fines or costs
Tags: Driver's license suspension

American Bar Assn. President Criticizes U.S. Legal System As Backward, Resistant to Change

February 3, 2020 | Forbes
“We need new ideas,” said Martinez. “We are one-fifth into the 21st century, yet we continue to rely on 20th-century processes, procedures and regulations. We need to retain 20th-century values but advance them using 21st-century approaches that can increase access to justice.”
Tags: Access to Justice
News Story (Ohio)

Woman who faced eviction turned to Community Legal Aid for help get case dismissed

February 3, 2020 | WEWS-TV (Cleveland)
An "Eviction Task force", made up of city, county and non-profit leaders has been formed and is looking for possible solutions to the eviction struggle.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
Feature (NATIONAL)

An LSC grant program is trying to increase access to justice through tech

February 1, 2020 | ABA Journal
Since 2000, approximately $65 million has been awarded by the TIG program.
Tags: Technology
News Story (NATIONAL)

Minimum Wage Increases Are Great. But Only If Workers Actually Get Them.

January 30, 2020 |
But when cities and states take action to raise wages, they often ignore a pretty obvious problem: across most of the country, employers routinely skirt paying the minimum wage, overtime wages, or contractually promised wages, with little fear of facing consequences.
Tags: Wage Theft
News Story (New York)

Advocates implore Cuomo to fund immigrant legal services

January 29, 2020 | Albany Times Union
In previous years, the Cuomo Administration has touted funding for an initiative that provides free legal services to immigrants across New York state. However, funding for the program is nowhere to be found on the governor's recently released 2021 draft budget.
Tags: Immigration
News Story (New York)

Cohen Backs Bills to Expand Right to Counsel, Which Could Benefit Thousands

January 29, 2020 | Norwood News
Bronx residents in fear of landlords’ common use of initiating eviction proceedings are waiting for two bills before the City Council to pass soon.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Right to Counsel
News Story (NATIONAL, New York)

After ‘public charge’ setback, advocates urge immigrants to seek legal guidance

January 28, 2020 | Queens Daily Eagle
Immigrants’ rights advocates in New York urged noncitizen families to seek legal advice Tuesday, following a setback in the fight to block the federal government’s so-called “public charge rule.”
Tags: Immigration | Public Charge
News Story (Vermont)

Program to offer free legal services for farmers, small businesses at VLS

January 27, 2020 | Valley News (NH)
Vermont Law School is introducing the state’s first nonprofit program to bring free legal services to farmers and small business owners, according to a news release from the school.
Tags: Farming | Small Business
Audio, News Story (California)

Open Door Legal Expands, Envisioning a Future With Universal Access to Legal Aid

January 27, 2020 | San Francisco Public Press
"Our goal is to, over the next few years, finish expanding citywide so that 100% of low-income residents in the city can access legal help in any area of civil law and then become a model for national replication."
Tags: Access to Justice
News Story (NATIONAL)

Legal Aid Org’s Departing Chief Praised For Funding Boost

January 26, 2020 | Law360
Sandman said that his time at LSC had been “very rewarding,” and that after leaving he hopes to teach and to find other ways to contribute to the cause of access to justice.
Tags: LSC Funding
Column (Maryland)

Deeds: Volunteers help Baltimoreans untangle titles, keep more homes from going vacant

January 24, 2020 | Baltimore Sun
The MVLS provides pro bono help to Marylanders who can’t afford an attorney for civil matters. In the last couple of years, it started providing advice on estates and help untangling titles to homes.
Tags: Housing: Title | Seniors
News Story (Connecticut)

Study: Bridgeport, New Haven have among highest 75 eviction rates in large cities

January 24, 2020 | New Haven Register
DeLauro, pointing to studies in cities across the country, said providing representation to those contesting eviction dramatically alters the outcome of cases.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Right to Counsel
Op-Ed (New York)

More rent reform now, please: Keep going to give tenants additional protections

January 24, 2020 | New York Daily News
Lawmakers must enact, without further delay, Good Cause legislation to bring renters rights and other crucial protections to tenants in smaller buildings and in manufactured home communities that fall outside of rent stabilization.
Tags: Housing | Housing: Eviction | Housing: Right to Counsel
News Story (California)

San Jose should lower rent control cap, offer eviction legal assistance, report says

January 24, 2020 | Mercury News (San Jose, CA)
The report was the result of a year long public-private partnership.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Right to Counsel
News Story (Connecticut)

New Haven, Waterbury, Hartford and Bridgeport Among Top 100 Evicting Cities

January 23, 2020 | WNPR (Hartford, CT)
In response, DeLauro recently reintroduced the Eviction Prevention Act to help low-income people get access to legal counsel if they are being evicted.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Right to Counsel
Feature (Michigan)

Lawyers and doctors are teaming up to provide better health care – and legal aid – to Michiganders

January 23, 2020 | Second Wave Media
Medical-legal partnerships are working to support low-income residents by integrating free, professional legal services directly into healthcare settings.
Tags: Medical-Legal Partnerships
Op-Ed (New York)

Help more New Yorkers fight evictions: The city’s landmark right-to-counsel law must be expanded

January 22, 2020 | New York Daily News
With the housing and homelessness crises unabated, it is more imperative than ever to expand the right to include the many low-income New Yorkers who are currently ineligible.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Right to Counsel
News Story (Indiana, NATIONAL)

Alternative approaches: Pew study finds civil legal problems impacting 47% of US households

January 8, 2020 | Indiana Lawyer
After finding the need for civil legal assistance in the United States is widespread across all income levels — and perhaps spread wider than previously thought — The Pew Charitable Trusts sees a need for new solutions to addressing the problems experienced by many individuals and families.
Tags: Access to Justice | Research/Data | Right to Counsel
News Story (New York)

Specialized Housing Court Aims To Strengthen Tenant Rights in Rochester

January 7, 2020 | Spectrum News Rochester
A new housing court in the city of Rochester is designed to assist and protect tenants with potential landlord issues.
Tags: Housing | Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (Virginia)

Dozens of families saved from evictions due to city program

January 7, 2020 | WWBT Richmond (local NBC, VA)
The Richmond Eviction Diversion Program was officially established in October and came about following The New York Times article stating “The River City” was the 2nd-worst city in the nation for evictions.
Tags: Eviction Diversion | Housing | Housing: Eviction
Letter to Editor (NATIONAL, Pennsylvania)

To the Editor: Re “Eviction Crises That a Few Hundred Dollars Could Solve”

January 7, 2020 | New York Times (NYT)
While the holiday season brought tidings of joy for some, many people go through the cold winter months facing eviction and homelessness. Many are renters who are shut out of their homes over only a few hundred dollars, often less than one month’s rent.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Right to Counsel
News Story (New York)

Staying home: NYC evictions down nearly 20% after pro-tenant laws enacted

January 6, 2020 | amNewYork
Evictions are down nearly 20 percent in New York City since rent laws were enacted last June, city data shows — and the nonprofit Legal Aid Society credited the new laws with contributing to the decline.
Tags: Housing | Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant | Housing: Right to Counsel
News Story (Illinois)

Past marijuana convictions can be erased, but it could take years

January 5, 2020 | Daily Herald (Illinois)
They say that while the assistance of a lawyer isn't necessary for such cases, it can be helpful to consult someone with expertise in this area.
Tags: Criminal Records | Expungement / Record Sealing
News Story, Video (Pennsylvania)

Equal Justice Center Aims for Legal Representation for the Poor

January 5, 2020 | NBC 10 Philadelphia
Set to open in 2022, the Philadelphia Equal Justice Center will bring more than a dozen agencies together under one roof with the aim of providing legal representation for things like child custody disputes, protection from abuse and housing disputes for lower-income people.
Tags: Access to Justice
Op-Ed (Tennessee)

Legal Aid Society Can Help Restore Lost Public Assistance Benefits

January 4, 2020 |
“I prayed that the good Lord knows what he’s doing and is taking care of me,” she said. “If anything like that happened again, I wouldn’t think two minutes before calling Legal Aid Society.”
Tags: Public Benefits
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Pennsylvania and New Jersey have new laws on the books in 2020

January 2, 2020 | Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia will provide free legal representation to low-income tenants at risk of being evicted, after a bill detailing the measure passed unanimously by City Council and was signed by Mayor Jim Kenney in December.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Right to Counsel
News Story (Missouri)

Suit asks that Board of Equalization be forced to fix Jackson County assessments

January 2, 2020 | Kansas City Star
Legal Aid of Western Missouri is suing the Jackson County Board of Equalization on behalf of low-income, minority homeowners, arguing that they were unfairly hit with large assessment increases last year that resulted in onerous property tax bills.
Tags: Housing: Property Tax
Op-Ed (Georgia)

Limited Representation Helps Tenants Who Would Otherwise Face Eviction Alone

December 31, 2019 | Daily Report (Georgia)
Sharing simple information about the law and the eviction process can help tenants buy time to relocate or to negotiate a different outcome with their landlords.
Tags: Housing: Eviction