Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


News Story (Texas)

New law could help Texans forced into taking on debt

June 21, 2019 | Nexstar
Starting this September, victims of coerced debt will be able to get a police report for identity theft.
Tags: Coerced Debt
News Story (Oregon)

New Bill Would Provide Civil Legal Attorneys To Oregon Women’s Prison

June 19, 2019 | KLCC (local NPR Eugene, OR)
A bill that would provide attorneys to Oregon’s only women's prison has passed the House and Senate and is currently awaiting Gov. Kate Brown’s signature.
Tags: Reentry
News Story (Nebraska)

Bellvue homes to be razed from flooding, but it’s uncertain who will pay the bill

June 19, 2019 | Associated Press (AP)
A suburb of Omaha has condemned 195 flood-damaged homes, but it’s unclear who will be paying the expected bill of more than $1 million to raze them.
Tags: Disaster Recovery

Top Amazon Lawyer: ‘Justice for All’ Requires More Funding and Innovation

June 18, 2019 | Fortune
The private and public sectors need to work together to fix the broken civil justice system and ensure justice for all.
Tags: LSC Funding
News Story (Ohio)

Study Shows Lasting Impact of Legal Aid Services in Northeast Ohio

June 17, 2019 | WKSU (Kent, OH)
A new study released today looks at the lasting effect of legal aid services in certain Northeast Ohio counties.
Tags: Access to Justice | Reports
News Story (Louisiana)

Louisiana approves money for civil legal aid, joining most other U.S. states

June 17, 2019 | Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)
Louisiana will soon join most states in the nation in helping pay for legal assistance for some of its most vulnerable residents, as Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office said he plans to sign a bill that includes $500,000 for the effort.
Tags: Funding: State & Local
Letter to Editor (NATIONAL)

We need more lawyers

June 16, 2019 | Washington Post
Perhaps corporations need fewer legal services, but meanwhile, most Americans — and especially those struggling to make ends meet — can’t get the legal help they need to address serious life challenges.
Tags: Law Schools
News Story (Ohio)

Legal Aid ‘securing stability’ for low-income clients, report shows

June 16, 2019 | Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
The report, the first of its kind measuring the impact of civil legal services, bolsters anecdotal evidence that removing even a single legal obstacle can be transformational for a client, Steven McGarrity, executive director of Community Legal Aid, said.
Tags: Access to Justice | Report
News Story (Oregon)

Oregon city stops jailing poor who can’t pay court debts

June 16, 2019 | Associated Press (AP)
The eastern Oregon city of Pendleton has stopped jailing people unable to pay fines, a city official said, following the settlement of a federal lawsuit contending city officials were running a debtors' prison.
Tags: Debtors Prison | Fines and Fees
News Story (NATIONAL)

Trump to Nominate Big Law Attorney to Legal Services Corp Board

June 14, 2019 | Bloomberg Big Law Business
President Donald Trump has announced his intent to nominate Matthew D. Keenan, the former chair of Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s pro bono committee, to the board of directors of the Legal Services Corporation.
Tags: Legal Services Corporation
News Story (Georgia)

17,000 Georgians cut off from Medicaid face messy bureaucracy

June 14, 2019 | Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC)
State officials have advised 17,000 Medicaid patients that it dropped from its rolls recently to reapply. But they’re not making it easy.
Tags: Medicaid
News Story (Ohio)

Displaced renters: It could take months for some to find housing

June 13, 2019 | Dayton Daily News (OH)
Robyn Traywick, a staff attorney for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, said many people don’t know what to do to in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
Tags: Disaster Recovery
News Story (Pennsylvania)

A computer virus has thrown Philadelphia’s court system into chaos

June 11, 2019 | Verge
Since May 21st, a virus has shut down Philadelphia’s online court system, bringing network access to a standstill.
Tags: Technology
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Malware Shut Down Philadelphia Court System For Weeks

June 11, 2019 | Futurism
First, the city of Baltimore was held hostage by cybercriminals. Now it’s Philadelphia’s turn.
Tags: Technology
Editorial (NATIONAL, Texas)

There’s a way to debate refugee asylum without victimizing unaccompanied minors

June 10, 2019 | Dallas Morning News
The Office of Refugee Resettlement has begun to slash funding for English classes, recreational programs and legal aid for unaccompanied minors in federal migrant shelters.
Tags: Migrant Children
News Story (NATIONAL)

Legal Aid For Migrant Kids Too Vital To Cut, Advocates Say

June 9, 2019 | Law360
Advocates have loudly denounced the plan, saying that the services that HHS would need to cut are crucial for children and should be fully funded.
Tags: Migrant Children
News Story (NATIONAL)

Top Legal Aid Funder Lands $15M Marked For Disaster Relief

June 9, 2019 | Law360
On June 3, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the second year in a row to earmark $15 million for LSC — this time without limitations on how it could be used.
Tags: LSC Funding | Natural Disasters
News Story (Delaware)

Advocates argue Delaware court processes to blame for state’s high eviction rates

June 7, 2019 | Delaware Public Media
Legal aid groups say [the state's] court process makes it too easy for landlords to evict tenants they consider undesirable. But a new state pilot program aims to provide more people facing eviction with lawyers.
Tags: Eviction
News Story (Connecticut)

City Admits Relaxing Lead Rule

June 7, 2019 | New Haven Independent
The families of two very small New Haveners will have to wait at least another another week to find out if a judge will order city officials to clean up the poisonous lead in their apartments.
Tags: Lead Poisoning
Op-Ed (New York)

Stop the tide of deportations: A breakthrough program can stand up for New York’s immigrants

June 7, 2019 | New York Daily News
Every additional dollar going to NYIFUP will ensure universal and effective representation for immigrants with a target on their back.
Tags: Immigration
Interview (NATIONAL)

Trump Administration’s Suspension Of Legal Aid For Migrant Children Prompts Outcry LISTEN· 4:04

June 7, 2019 | National Public Radio (NPR)
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Michelle Ortiz, deputy director of Americans for Immigrant Justice, about the Trump administration's plan to suspend legal aid for unaccompanied migrant children.
Tags: Immigration
Interview (NATIONAL)

White House Cuts Activities Funding For Unaccompanied Migrant Children

June 6, 2019 | National Public Radio (NPR)
NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Wendy Young, president of Kids in Need of Defense, about the discontinuation of funds for English classes and legal aid for unaccompanied child migrants in U.S. shelters.
Tags: Migrant Children
News Story (NATIONAL)

Trump administration cancels English classes, soccer, legal aid for unaccompanied child migrants in U.S. shelters

June 5, 2019 | Washington Post
The Trump administration is canceling English classes, recreational programs and legal aid for unaccompanied minors staying in federal migrant shelters nationwide, saying the immigration influx at the southern border has created critical budget pressures.
Tags: Migrant Children
News Story (NATIONAL)

Booker’s affordable housing plan includes tax credit, zoning changes

June 5, 2019 | Associated Press (AP)
Booker’s housing plan also includes new spending to help lower-income renters obtain legal representation in eviction proceedings.

News Story (New York)

Lawyers by Day, Uber Drivers and Bartenders by Night

June 3, 2019 | New York Times (NYT)
Legal Aid lawyers, who represent poor people in court, often have to work second jobs to make ends meet.
Tags: Legal Aid Lawyers
Interview (Ohio)

Cleveland seeks to fight poverty by balancing the scales of justice in evictions

June 1, 2019 | Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
Cleveland City Council and the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland are is the verge of providing the kind of help to people in poverty that can be life altering: free lawyers to help people fight evictions.
Tags: Eviction | Right to Counsel
Feature (Arkansas)

Saving Medicaid Expansion: An Arkansas Nonprofit Legal Aid Story

May 31, 2019 | Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
“Over 18,000 lost coverage just due to the work requirements and another 30,000 lost coverage due to administrative red tape. They lost healthcare that is needed to support their ability to be able to work. Health insurance lets you be healthy.”
Tags: Work Requirements
News Story (Pennsylvania)

With Equal Justice Center, Low-Income Philadelphians Will Soon Be Better Connected To Nonprofit Legal Resources

May 29, 2019 | CBS 3 (Philadelphia)
Low-income Philadelphians will soon be better connected to nonprofit legal resources. Construction will begin this fall on what’s being called the Equal Justice Center that will house more than a dozen civil legal aid groups under one group.
Tags: Access to Justice
News Story (Ohio)

Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley to pursue plan to provide lawyers for impoverished tenants fighting eviction

May 29, 2019 | Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
City Council President Kevin Kelley expects within weeks to introduce legislation that would provide lawyers free of charge to impoverished tenants facing eviction.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Right to Counsel
News Story (California)

Judge says Paso apartment conditions are so bad, tenants don’t have to pay rent

May 29, 2019 | San Luis Obispo Tribune
Paso Robles tenants suing their landlords over pest infestations and poor living conditions don’t have to pay rent until their apartments are fixed, a judge says in a court order.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant