Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


News Story (Connecticut)

A renewed call to provide benefits to vets with bad paper discharges

February 19, 2018 | Day (CT)
The report advocates for legislation to ensure access to state veteran benefits for this group of veterans.
Tags: Military Discharges | Veterans
Investigative (NATIONAL)

Behind the minimum wage fight, a sweeping failure to enforce the law

February 18, 2018 | Politico
Raising hourly pay is a rallying cry for 2018, but states often fail to get workers the money that’s owed them.
Tags: Wage Theft | Workers Rights
News Story (Michigan)

‘Homeless court’ works to move clients out of legal trouble

February 17, 2018 | Traverse City Record-Eagle
The specialized court lets homeless people pay their fines using another currency. That means they can agree to get counseling, to stop drinking or taking drugs, to attend 12-step meetings, to find a job and more, with the program specifically tailored to each person.
Tags: Courts | Housing: Homelessness
News Story (North Carolina)

Greensboro law firm helps people who may fall into ‘the justice gap’

February 17, 2018 | News & Record (Greensboro, NC)
Only a handful of firms across the nation operate as nonprofit corporations to do work for fees but not for the higher prices and profits of conventional firms.
Tags: Access to Justice | Low Bono
News Story (Missouri)

St. Louis commits $100,000 to Legal Services for vacancy initiative

February 16, 2018 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Looking to chip away at the thousands of abandoned properties throughout the city, the St. Louis Development Corporation agreed Thursday help fund a new attorney at the region’s premier nonprofit legal clinic.
Tags: Housing
Op-Ed (Idaho)

Idaho Legal Aid needs and deserves help from the state of Idaho

February 16, 2018 | Idaho Press Tribune
House Bill 532 lays the groundwork for doing what 47 other states are already doing for their people.
Tags: Funding: State & Local
News Story, Video (Texas)

Families wait for FEMA help, nonprofit gets results

February 15, 2018 | KRIS-TV (Corpus Christi)
Some have turned to a group of local attorneys, and are finally getting the help they need.
Tags: Disaster Recovery
News Story (California)

Hospitals Want To Cut Back On Free Care. Critics Say No Way.

February 15, 2018 | California Healthline
Five years after Fresno-based attorney Joy Dockter started fighting for patients saddled with medical debt, hospitals continue to go after them — even though most are now insured.
Tags: Charity Care | Health Care
News Story (Ohio)

Defunding Legal Services Corp., per Trump’s wishes, would cut almost $4 million from local legal aid groups

February 14, 2018 | Crain’s Cleveland Business
Legal aid groups once again face a potential budget slashing as part of a recent proposal by President Donald Trump at a time when their resources are already stretched thin.
Tags: Funding: Federal
News Story (New York)

NYC’s Immigration Court Erodes Accommodations for Children Without Attorneys

February 13, 2018 | City Limits
Thousands of other undocumented immigrant children never get a lawyer and continue to experience that fear and uncertainty during deportation proceedings. Others choose to avoid court, exposing themselves to in-absentia removal orders.
Tags: Courts | Deportation
News Story (New York)

Suit: Broome County jail should immediately halt juvenile solitary confinement

February 13, 2018 | Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghampton, NY)
"This court, and nearly every district court considering this issue...have recognized that placing juveniles in isolation for even a short period is cruel and unusual punishment," the suit reads.
Tags: Juvenile Justice | Solitary Confinement
News Story (NATIONAL)

Campus Assault Survivors Are Feeling Left Behind By #MeToo

February 13, 2018 | Refinery29
Among the many areas facing cuts in president Trumps budget: The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, which investigates charges against schools for mishandling sexual assault claims and Title IX violations.
Tags: Campus Violence | Sexual Assault | Sexual Harassment
News Story (North Carolina)

Pisgah Legal launches program to protect those deep in debt

February 12, 2018 | Asheville Citizen-Times (NC)
A new Madison County Debtor Rights Project intends to help 100 local clients in the months ahead.
Tags: Debt Collection
News Story (New York)

Putting a Price on Heat, Legal Aid Threatens to Sue Housing Authority

February 11, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
New York City has seen the most days below freezing this winter since 1961. The frigid temperatures have taken a toll on Nycha’s aging boilers, leaving 323,098 residents without heat or hot water at some point during the heating season.
Tags: Housing
News Story (Connecticut)

Vets receiving help with legal issues have improved mental health, less homelessness

February 11, 2018 |
Proposed legislation in Congress would allow the VA to further study the broader impact of these partnerships.
Tags: Housing: Homelessness | Veterans
News Story (Indiana)

Legal aid funding included in budget deal

February 9, 2018 | Indiana Lawyer
LSC’s funding will stay at the 2017 level of $385 million until Congress finishes the appropriations process that will determine the balance of funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2018.

Feature (Ohio)

Battling bad landlords just got tougher

February 9, 2018 | Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
For 40 years, the Cleveland Tenants Organization was one of their few allies, guiding them on how to legally withhold rent from bad landlords and advising them of their rights during the eviction process.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (California)

Sonoma County fire survivors struggle to secure aid from FEMA

February 9, 2018 | Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA)
Percy enlisted the resources of Legal Aid of Sonoma County, which worked with FEMA to get him housed in a Santa Rosa motel for two months. Percy and the legal nonprofit are still hoping to move him back into a FEMA-assisted living situation
Tags: Disaster Recovery
Feature (Tennessee)

Murfreesboro family fights TennCare to keep daughter out of hospital

February 8, 2018 | Daily News Journal (TN)
On their behalf, the Tennessee Justice Center has filed a lawsuit against TennCare asking for an exception to the rule so that she can continue to receive the care she needs while staying with her family.
Tags: Disability Rights | Medicaid
News Story (NATIONAL)

Advocates promote a right to counsel in civil cases, too

February 7, 2018 | ABA Journal
A growing movement is promoting a right to counsel in critical cases that involve housing, child custody and domestic violence.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel
News Story (Washington)

Effort aims to ease filing for bankruptcy

February 6, 2018 | Columbian (WA)
Lawyers program, startup partner to aid low-income residents.
Tags: Bankruptcy | Technology
News Story, Video (Missouri)

News 4 Investigates: Racial disparities in school discipline News 4 Investigates: Racial disparities in school discipline

February 6, 2018 | KMOV (St. Louis)
In a lawsuit filed against administrators at Hazelwood School District, Staci's lawyers outline multiple times they say Staci's daughter was attacked: in August 2016, twice in October that year and again in March 2017.
Tags: Minorities: Racial/Ethnic | Schools: Discipline
News Story (Ohio)

Cleveland Tenants Organization, out of cash, suspends operations after more than 40 years

February 6, 2018 | Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, which provides free legal services to low-income clients in civil cases, quickly took over CTO's tenant information hotline.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (Kentucky)

Kentucky Governor proposes cuts to civil legal aid

February 6, 2018 | WHAS-TV (Louisville)
Supreme Court justice and advocates fear Kentuckians will suffer from civil legal aid cuts in Governor Matt Bevin Bevin's budget proposal.

News Story (Oklahoma)

Oklahoma Commission Looks to Provide Free Legal Help

February 4, 2018 | Oklahoman
A commission created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court is looking at new ways to provide free legal help to the poor in civil cases.
Tags: Access to Justice Commissions
News Story (NATIONAL)

Expungement Law Helps Human Trafficking Victims Move Forward

February 2, 2018 | Courthouse News Service
A new California law which vacates and erases nonviolent offenses committed by victims of human trafficking offered her and others a fresh start.
Tags: Criminal Records | Expungement / Record Sealing | Trafficking
News Story (Washington)

These Foreign Workers Say They Were Told to Pick Blueberries Unless They Were on Their “Death Bed”

February 1, 2018 | Mother Jones
A lawsuit alleges that a Washington berry giant used “a pattern of threats and intimidation” to manage its guest workers.
Tags: Farm and Migrant Workers

Congress must act to bring civil legal aid to every homeless and struggling veteran who needs it in 2018

February 1, 2018 | Fox News
According to a recent study in Health Affairs, this legal aid improves health outcomes for this vulnerable minority of American veterans. Congress should act quickly to pass the bill so all veterans get the care they deserve.
Tags: Housing: Homelessness | Veterans
Op-Ed (Florida)

Florida’s foster children deserve legal representation

February 1, 2018 | Tallahassee Democrat
The Constitution Revision Commission should place Proposal 40 on the ballot to make Florida the national model for protecting foster children by giving them both a lawyer and a volunteer Guardian ad Litem.
Tags: Children & Juvenile | Civil Right to Counsel | Foster Youth
Audio, Feature (New York)

A mother’s dilemma: Get cancer meds and risk deportation, or hide and surely die

February 1, 2018 | WHYY (PA)
This is a story about what happens when you have no good option.
Tags: Deportation | Health Care