Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


Feature (Indiana)

Legal aid initiative enables those with disabilities

March 6, 2019 | Indiana Lawyer
Launched in 2016 by Indiana Legal Services, the Providing Legal Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities initiative is partnering with agencies in Fort Wayne and central Indiana focused on serving individuals with disabilities.
Tags: Disability Rights
Letter to Editor (New Hampshire)

Letter: Urge lawmakers to fully fund N.H. Legal Assistance

March 6, 2019 | Concord Monitor (NH)
"When I read of Gov. Chris Sununu’s budget recommendation cutting $850,000 from NHLA’s requested state funding, I was completely shocked."
Tags: Funding: State & Local
Feature (Michigan)

Downriver law firm offers free civil legal services to low-income and elderly clients

March 4, 2019 | News-Herald (Detroit)
Nonprofit Lakeshore Legal Aid has resources for vulnerable sects of the community
Tags: Poverty | Seniors

Republicans’ deregulation is hurting consumers. A new bill from Democrats could help.

March 4, 2019 | Washington Post
At exactly the same time that Republicans have been rolling back supposedly burdensome regulations, they have also been making it harder for downstream victims to seek redress.
Tags: Access to Justice | Consumer Protection
News Story (District of Columbia)

Immigration Advocates Urge D.C. Government To Increase Legal Funding To $2.5 Million

March 4, 2019 | WAMU (DC)
Local advocacy groups are asking for more money for a D.C. immigrant legal help fund several months after receiving $900,000 in grants.
Tags: Immigration Process
Feature (North Carolina)

Evictions remain stubbornly high in Buncombe County despite booming economy

March 1, 2019 | Asheville Citizen-Times (NC)
"The whole point of this is to be here for the people who don’t know about Pisgah Legal Services, and they don’t know they have rights (as tenants) under North Carolina law,” said David Bartholomew, an attorney with PLS.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant
Data, News Story (Oregon)

Study: Many poor Oregonians can’t afford a lawyer to solve life-altering legal problems

February 28, 2019 | Oregonian
A new study finds that only about 16 percent of low-income Oregonians who need legal representation get it for their needs in the civil justice system.
Tags: Access to Justice | Access to Justice Commissions | Poverty
Letter to Editor (New Hampshire)

Letter: Survivors need all the resources they can get

February 26, 2019 | Concord Monitor (NH)
"I hope the Legislature will see fit to increase funding for both of these agencies because domestic violence victims need the both the vital, comprehensive services provided by crisis centers and the legal expertise offered by NHLA."
Tags: Domestic Violence | Funding: State & Local
Editorial (New Hampshire)

Editorial: Voters, you have a say on spending

February 24, 2019 | Concord Monitor (NH)
[Governor Sununu's] budget increases funding to aid victims of domestic violence by 50 percent but mysteriously halves funding for New Hampshire Legal Assistance.
Tags: Access to Justice | Funding: State & Local
News Story (Indiana)

Indiana legal service helps keep seniors and endangered adults from harm

February 22, 2019 | South Bend Tribune
Kim Pike says she felt like a prisoner in her own home but she was able to take back her home, thanks to attorney Jessica Brock and the LAVA program.
Tags: Elder Abuse | Seniors
News Story (Michigan)

Legal groups propose help for Detroit tenants facing eviction

February 21, 2019 | Detroit News
Poor renters in Detroit would be guaranteed legal help to fight evictions under a proposal being pitched by an influential group of lawyers and business leaders next month.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Texas)

Eviction of Longview Housing Authority client overturned

February 21, 2019 | Longview News-Journal
“I’m excited,” Morgan said, crediting Lone Star Legal Aid of Longview for representing her in court. “I feel like justice has been served.”
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (Massachusetts)

Massachusetts right to counsel legislation gains urgency amid rising number of evictions

February 20, 2019 | Curbed Boston
Legislation is pending in Massachusetts that would provide legal counsel to lower-income tenants facing eviction.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
Investigative (Massachusetts)

As rents soar in Boston, low-income tenants try to stave off eviction

February 19, 2019 | Boston Globe
With an estimated 43 evictions a day in Massachusetts, should the state guarantee legal help to renters who can’t afford an attorney?
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing | Housing: Eviction
News Story (New York)

State expands legal aid for detained immigrants facing deportation

February 17, 2019 | Albany Times Union
Immigration attorneys in the Capital Region applaud the project but say that it stops short of providing legal aid for immigrants who aren't facing deportation or who aren't detained.
Tags: Deportation | Immigration Process
Op-Ed (Arkansas)

Consistent health coverage is needed

February 17, 2019 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
A real path out of poverty is not paved in red tape. Consistent health coverage helps people on Arkansas Works be healthy enough to work and make a better life.
Tags: Medicaid | Work Requirements
Feature (Arkansas, NATIONAL)

Arkansas puts work requirements on Medicaid

February 15, 2019 | The Economist
The preliminary results from the Arkansas experiment look alarming: 18,000 people lost their health insurance in the first six months because they did not comply with the requirements.
Tags: Medicaid | Work Requirements
Op-Ed (New York)

Opinion: Legal and Financial Advice Must Be Part of Every Community’s Disaster Response Kit

February 15, 2019 | City Limits
After years of experience working with families in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, we have learned that successful disaster recovery depends on non-profit legal and housing assistance.
Tags: Disaster Recovery
Feature (NATIONAL)

The Four Ideas That Could Define Housing Policy in 2019

February 14, 2019 | Huffington Post
After years of inaction, states and cities are taking aggressive steps to protect renters and bring costs down.
Tags: Housing
Interview, Profile (NATIONAL)

Everyone Needs Legal Help. That Doesn’t Mean Everyone Needs a Lawyer.

February 13, 2019 | New York Times (NYT)
Rebecca Sandefur, a sociologist and researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, believes America needs a new model for handling everyday legal issues.
Tags: Access to Justice
News Story (Georgia, NATIONAL)

When Wall Street Is Your Landlord

February 13, 2019 | Atlantic, The
With help from the federal government, institutional investors became major players in the rental market. They promised to return profits to their investors and convenience to their tenants. Investors are happy. Tenants are not.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Foreclosure | Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (New Jersey, New York)

Lawsuit says video hearings in immigration court deny due process, rush deportations

February 13, 2019 |
A group of immigrant detainees allege in a new lawsuit that a shift in policy allowing for video teleconference hearings in immigration court violates their rights to due process and was created to rush deportations.
Tags: Immigration Process
News Story (NATIONAL, New York)

TV-Only Immigration Hearings Spur Court Challenge

February 13, 2019 | Courthouse News Service
Seeking to mandate human interaction in immigration cases, the Legal Aid Society filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday night with help from the Brooklyn Defender Services and Bronx Defenders.
Tags: Immigration Process | Lawsuit: Federal
Op-Ed (Maryland, NATIONAL)

In touting First Step at SOTU, Trump forgot about hidden obstacles to success

February 12, 2019 | USA Today
What former inmates need most is help once they re-enter society. Where's the mandate providing legal services, job security for those released early?
Tags: Expungement / Record Sealing | Reentry
Feature (NATIONAL)

The DIY Divorce

February 12, 2019 | Atlantic, The
How I got divorced without hiring a lawyer.
Tags: Divorce | Pro Se/Self-Help
Letter to Editor (Texas)

Hecht right to stress the value of legal aid

February 12, 2019 | Austin American-Statesman
By calling for increased funding for legal aid programs serving our most vulnerable citizens — including veterans and survivors of sexual assault, among others—he put a necessary emphasis on the importance of these programs.
Tags: Funding: State & Local
News Story (NATIONAL, New York)

Videoconferencing in Immigration Court: High-Tech Solution or Rights Violation?

February 12, 2019 | New York Times (NYT)
A new lawsuit filed in federal court by the Legal Aid Society and the Bronx Defenders asserts that mandatory videoconferencing in immigration proceedings violates immigrants' constitutional rights in a deliberate attempt to speed up and increase deportations.
Tags: Deportation | Immigration Process
News Story (Missouri)

More than 50K eligible children dropped from Medicaid in MO

February 12, 2019 | St. Louis American
Cumbersome paperwork, state computer systems that don’t communicate with one other, call center troubles and language barriers are causing some children in Missouri to fall through the cracks and get kicked off of Medicaid benefits.
Tags: Children & Juvenile | Health Care | Medicaid
News Story (New Jersey)

N.J. lawmakers press for rule changes on civil asset forfeiture

February 11, 2019 | Philadelphia Tribune
New Jersey lawmakers are looking to overhaul how the state’s law enforcement agencies seize property they suspect is linked to crimes.
Tags: Civil Asset Forfeiture
News Story (Alabama)

Possible gov’t shutdown: Elderly tenants fear eviction, subcontractors worry about finances

February 11, 2019 | WZDX-TV (Huntsville, AL)
People from all walks of life across the area are holding their breath, waiting to see if they'll be missing out on a paycheck or changing the way they live yet again.
Tags: Disability Rights | Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant | Shutdown