Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


Audio, News Story (Illinois)

Sealing Eviction Filings Could Protect Tenants’ Rights, Advocates Argue

May 17, 2018 | WMOT (Nashville)
Even when records are sealed, the filling can still follow a tenant, making it difficult for them to find a new place to live.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (Virginia)

Homeless jailed frequently under ‘habitual drunkard’ law

May 17, 2018 | Associated Press (AP)
The law, which dates back to the 1930s, is being challenged.
Tags: Housing: Homelessness
News Story (Ohio)

Community Legal Aid pilot program provides virtual legal assistance in Wayne County

May 16, 2018 | Crain’s Cleveland Business
Community Action has set up a virtual office at its Wooster location to connect low-income Wooster citizens seeking legal help with legal aid attorneys, allowing typical consultations and assistance with legal documents to be addressed.
Tags: Technology
News Story (Tennessee)

Access to Justice Commission Annual Report Shows Huge Collaborative Effort to Bring Legal Services to Tennesseans in Need

May 16, 2018 | WGNS (Murfreesboro, Tennessee)
Over 1 million Tennesseans, or 1 in 6 people, live below the federal poverty level. Approximately 60 percent of low-income households experienced a civil legal problem in a given year.
Tags: Access to Justice | Access to Justice Commissions
News Story (Arkansas)

Judge orders Arkansas home-care aid formula’s end

May 15, 2018 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
State agency failed to notify Medicaid users, Griffen says.
Tags: Algorithm | Disability Rights | Medicaid
News Story (Illinois)

Group to Send Lawyers to Help Incarcerated Teens

May 14, 2018 | ProPublica Illinois
Controversy at youth facility in southern Illinois sparks a nonprofit to act.
Tags: Juvenile Justice | Prisoners Rights
News Story (California)

L.A. County Unlawfully Terminated Thousands Medi-Cal Recipients, Court Rules

May 14, 2018 | California Healthline
The department dropped people between December 2016 and November 2017 before processing their renewal applications, even though they had filed on time, according to plaintiffs’ arguments in court papers.
Tags: Medicaid
News Story (Arkansas)

Judge orders DHS to stop using algorithm for home care hours; DHS says services won’t be disrupted

May 14, 2018 | Arkansas Times
The decision is a victory for advocates of the disabled, including Legal Aid of Arkansas, which represented the plaintiffs.
Tags: Algorithm | Disability Rights | Medicaid
News Story (California)

Judge says LA County wrongly booted thousands off Medi-Cal

May 13, 2018 | Associated Press (AP)
Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant said in his ruling that the county violated state law by terminating coverage for beneficiaries even though they turned in their renewal paperwork on time.
Tags: Medicaid
News Story (Iowa)

Rural Lawyer Shortage Spurs Affordable Option: A La Carte Services

May 11, 2018 | KUNC (Greeley, Colorado)
Also known as a la carte or flat-fee, unbundled legal services offer clients a middle ground between having no help and hiring a lawyer for an entire case, though some attorneys question whether clients are getting what they deserve.
Tags: Unbundling
News Story (Minnesota)

Minneapolis landlord’s homes are too run down, so court referee says tenants must get out

May 10, 2018 | Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
Minneapolis mayor promises help, but some say it's not enough.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)

‘A Growing Movement’: Coalitions Are Expanding Legal Services for Appalachian Victims of Domestic Violence

May 9, 2018 | Rewire
Survivors in Appalachia face sizeable obstacles to leaving. Rural abusers are more likely to use weapons; intimate partner violence is more likely to end in homicide. Shelters and health centers can be impossible to reach.
Tags: Domestic Violence
News Story (Michigan)

Detroit Pistons’ Tom Gores’ company sued in Mass. prisoner call lawsuit

May 8, 2018 | Detroit Free Press
According to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by consumer and prisoner rights groups, Gores' company is tied to an illegal kickback scheme that nearly doubles the cost of jail phone calls made by inmates in Massachusetts.
Tags: Prisoners Rights
News Story (Ohio)

Partnership could ease bankruptcy process

May 6, 2018 | Crain’s Cleveland Business
While the Akron nonprofit is the only group in the state partnering with Upsolve for a one-year pilot program to help low-income clients facing bankruptcy, it joins several other legal aid groups doing so across the country.
Tags: Access to Justice | Bankruptcy | Technology

Meeting the Challenge of the Legal Aid Crisis

May 4, 2018 | National Law Journal
The opioid crisis and the recent spate of natural disasters present new challenges to already overburdened civil legal aid providers.
Tags: Disaster Recovery | Opioid Crisis
News Story (Virginia)

Study shows large justice gap in Virginia civil cases

May 4, 2018 | Associated Press (AP)
A new study shows that just 1 percent of more than 500,000 civil cases handled in Virginia's general district courts each year have lawyers representing people on both sides.
Tags: Access to Justice | Unrepresented litigants
News Story (Virginia)

Study finds ‘stunning’ justice gap in Virginia civil cases

May 3, 2018 | Richmond Times-Dispatch
The high volume of cases moves efficiently through courtrooms that often are largely empty - in large part because usually only the plaintiffs have a lawyer and often even the defendants do not appear and represent themselves.
Tags: Access to Justice | Unrepresented litigants
News Story (Colorado)

Eviction cases piling up amid Colorado’s housing crisis

May 2, 2018 | KMGH (Denver, CO)
Colorado Center on Law and Policy, which advocates for tenant rights, says the Denver metro area is in the midst of an eviction crisis.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (Ohio)

Ohio Seeks To Impose New Medicaid Work Requirements, Tempting Lawsuits

May 1, 2018 | Talking Points Memo
If the waiver is approved, Ohioans unable to find work would have to get placed with an organization in their county and work without pay to earn the value of their health care benefits.

News Story (NATIONAL, Wisconsin)

Trans People in Wisconsin File Lawsuit Against Federal Government After Being Denied Health Care

May 1, 2018 | INTO
Ten states are violating the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by denying transition-related coverage to trans people, but two Wisconsin residents are fighting back.
Tags: Health Care | LGBTQ | Medicaid
News Story, Video (Georgia)

Predatory lending robs people of home ownership

May 1, 2018 | WBRC (Birmingham, AL)
Imagine paying tens of thousands of dollars for a house you thought was yours, only to get evicted for missing a payment. That is how a "contract for deed" can trick you out of your home.
Tags: Housing: Contract for Deed
News Story (California)

Proposition F: Free Legal Aid for Tenants Facing Eviction

May 1, 2018 | San Francisco Public Press
In a city where two-thirds of adults are renters, more than 1,600 tenants have received eviction notices over the past year. On June 5, voters could make history by guaranteeing legal help to anyone facing eviction, regardless of income.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
Column (New York)

Wheelchairs Prohibited in the Last Place You’d Expect

April 30, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
Excerpts from their recorded conversations are included in a federal lawsuit filed against those centers, claiming they discriminate against people in wheelchairs and are violating the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal laws.
Tags: Disability Rights | Seniors

Legal aid ensures equal justice for all; Congress must increase funding for the Legal Services Corporation

April 27, 2018 | Hill, The
It helps disaster victims get the government assistance to which they are entitled. When domestic violence survivors need protection, LSC lawyers help obtain court orders. And LSC helps tenants who face illegal evictions.
Tags: Funding: Federal
News Story (Illinois)

Failure to record Cook County eviction court hearings leaves tenants vulnerable

April 25, 2018 | Injustice Watch
In a court division where a family can lose its home after a two-minute trial and only 12 percent of tenants have lawyers, the lack of court transcripts—with no court reporters or digital recording equipment since 2004—has serious repercussions.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
Feature (Washington)

Evicted Over $49: What Happens When Seattle’s Poorest Tenants Can’t Make Rent

April 25, 2018 | Stranger (WA)
The city's public housing authority leaves little wiggle room for struggling residents.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Public

Senators, ask Dr. Ronny Jackson about civil legal aid for homeless vets

April 24, 2018 | Hill, The
As someone who works with vulnerable veterans every day, I’m concerned that amid all the controversial issues sure to arise at his hearing a little-known but highly effective tool for veterans’ well-being will be omitted: civil legal aid.
Tags: Housing: Homelessness | Veterans
Profile (Texas)

Waxahachie’s Legal Aid of Northwest Texas provides residents with a voice

April 23, 2018 | Waxahachie Daily Light (TX)
The non-profit organization provides free legal services to low-income residents in 114 counties and have operated in Waxahachie since the late 1990′s.

News Story (Missouri)

ArchCity Defenders makes guide to help people maneuver legal system

April 22, 2018 | St. Louis Public Radio
A non-profit civil rights law firm wants to help people help themselves when they’re in legal trouble.
Tags: Pro Bono | Unrepresented litigants
News Story (Connecticut)

Legal aid lawyer sounds warning on Medicaid cut for working families

April 22, 2018 | New Haven Register
Sheldon Toubman says he is lending voice to the voiceless.
Tags: Health Care | Medicaid