Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


News Story (New Jersey)

Tenants’ Right to Counsel on the Move, Next Stop Newark

January 10, 2019 |
As part of that effort, the New Jersey city is emulating a policy that’s been pioneered in New York.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
Audio, Interview (Florida)

Palm Beach County To End Solitary Confinement For Teens In Adult Jails

January 9, 2019 | WLRN (South Florida)
The change comes after Palm Beach County's Sheriff's Office reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit that alleged the practice violated the civil rights of it’s youngest inmates.
Tags: Education | Juvenile Justice | Solitary Confinement
Audio, News Story (California)

Asylum-Seekers In California Wait For Their Day In Immigration Court

January 9, 2019 | KERA (TX)
In recent months, thousands of migrants have gathered in Tijuana, hoping for asylum in the United States. Some will be deported before ever stepping foot in the U.S. Others will be detained by U.S. immigration authorities as they wait for their hearings.
Tags: Asylum | Courts
News Story (Indiana)

Study: Indiana legal aid agencies return $6.70 for every dollar invested

January 8, 2019 | Indiana Lawyer
In all, the net value of the services was $96.5 million. Calculated against the $14.4 million in tax-based funding for Indiana civil legal aid organizations, the social impact return on investment was 670 percent.

News Story (Indiana)

New site a landing page for civil legal aid

January 8, 2019 | Indiana Lawyer
Into the civil legal pro se arena, the Coalition for Court Access recently launched the website
Tags: Technology
News Story (Ohio)

Columbus Boosts Eviction Protections For Renters

January 7, 2019 | Associated Press (AP)
The updated law, which was approved earlier this month, takes effect in January.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant
Op-Ed (Texas)

The women asylum seekers I met need protection, not barriers

January 7, 2019 | USA Today
Neither national security nor deterrence justifies our family detention practices. We should be supporting asylum seekers, not incarcerating them.
Tags: Asylum | Courts
Feature (New York)

As DIY Litigants Crowd The Docket, Courts Step In To Help

January 6, 2019 | Law360
While they remain rare for now, clinics like the one in the Eastern District of New York appear to be catching on in federal court as a way to aid self-represented litigants, for whom putting together a legally coherent complaint can be an insurmountable barrier.
Tags: Courts | Pro Se/Self-Help
News Story (Montana)

U.S. to Investigate Discrimination Against Native Students on Montana Reservation

January 4, 2019 | New York Times (NYT) , ProPublica
In a Dec. 28 letter, sent hours after The New York Times and ProPublica published an investigation into racial inequities in the district, the department’s Office for Civil Rights notified the lawyer representing the tribal executive board.
Tags: Education
News Story (Connecticut)

Attorney in lead poisoning cases wants New Haven mayor to take action

January 4, 2019 | New Haven Register
So far, the suits brought to court have been central to getting the suffering families any action on these abatement cases, so their lawyer is asking the city to fix its agency.
Tags: Housing: Public | Lead Poisoning
News Story, Video (Minnesota)

Hennepin County adding position to help provide legal aid to people seeking order of protection

January 3, 2019 | KSTP (Saint Paul)
The county is creating a new full-time position based in the county attorney’s Domestic Abuse Service Center.
Tags: Domestic Violence
News Story (New Jersey)

N.J. city is fighting a ‘wave of gentrification’ with these free lawyers

January 3, 2019 |
Newark has laid the groundwork to ensure low-income tenants facing evictions have free legal representation in court as of the summer -- an ambitious move by the city as long-term residents worry they’ll be displaced by new development.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Ohio)

Cleveland Housing Court sets new rules to make requests to seal evictions easier

December 30, 2018 | Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
Once sealed, eviction record will no longer appear online or be available from the clerk’s office, limiting what landlords can find out about potential renters.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
Feature (Maryland)

Detained immigrants seeking asylum at border get help from Baltimore attorneys, law students

December 28, 2018 | Baltimore Sun
Domzal and a fellow attorney at Ballard Spahr, Michelle McGeogh, are among hundreds of lawyers across the country who have taken time away from their paid work to travel to remote detention centers and represent undocumented immigrants.
Tags: Deportation | Detention Centers | Pro Bono
Investigative (Montana)

‘I Feel Invisible’: Native Students Languish in Public Schools

December 28, 2018 | New York Times (NYT) , ProPublica
At Wolf Point High School in rural Montana, Native American students face the same neglect Native students across the U.S. do as they navigate a school system that has failed American Indians.
Tags: Education
News Story (California)

Living In LA Can Give Asylum Seekers An Advantage — If Housing Costs Don’t Push Them Out

December 19, 2018 | LAist
California's high cost of living could push families out of the very places offering the most help.
Tags: Asylum | Housing: Affordability
News Story (Oklahoma)

Tulsa Area United Way funding upstart programs to offer new solutions to old problems

December 19, 2018 | Tulsa World
The winners include Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, which will develop a mediation program to help families facing evictions to stay in their homes.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
Profile (Iowa)

10 under 40 recipient: Michelle Jungers: Legal Aid attorney raising the bar

December 18, 2018 | Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
Jungers is the managing attorney for Iowa Legal Aid’s Waterloo office, an organization that helps low-income residents with civil matters, including the risk of losing their homes.

Profile (West Virginia)

Clarksburg, WV’s, Legal Aid of West Virginia provides guidance to those who need it most

December 18, 2018 | Exponent-Telegram (Clarksburg, WV)
A small but dedicated group of attorneys works to provide legal assistance to the residents of five surrounding counties.

News Story (California)

Advocates say SFPD unlawfully keeps domestic violence survivors waiting for police reports

December 17, 2018 | San Francisco Examiner
Victim advocates have threatened to sue the San Francisco Police Department for repeatedly flouting a nearly two-decade-old state law requiring the speedy release of police reports to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.
Tags: Domestic Violence | Sexual Assault
News Story (NATIONAL)

Detained Immigrants Are Suing ICE For Access To Legal Representation To Fight Deportation

December 17, 2018 | Bustle
The case — Torres v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security — contends that these men in ICE custody in southern California are limited in their time to make phone calls and that phone calls are "prohibitively expensive".
Tags: Deportation | Detention Centers
News Story (Vermont)

Dozens turn out seeking to expunge old convictions

December 17, 2018 | (Vermont)
Attorneys met with about 50 people and will be filing more than 200 petitions with courts following the first of several expungement clinics set to take place across Vermont in the coming months.
Tags: Expungement / Record Sealing
News Story, Video (NATIONAL)

Shelters holding nearly 15,000 migrant children near capacity

December 13, 2018 | CNN
The number of migrant children in shelters fluctuates daily and thousands have been caught in a backlog that has some confined for many months.
Tags: Children & Juvenile | Detention Centers
News Story (Texas)

Waco council considers $225,000 for property-related legal aid

December 13, 2018 | Waco Tribune-Herald (TX)
Advocates for the program said it would benefit property owners seeking to build family wealth and reduce the city’s spending related to tax-delinquent properties and code enforcement violations.
Tags: Funding: State & Local
News Story (Ohio)

Columbus pushes back on retaliatory evictions with stronger protections for tenants

December 12, 2018 | Columbus Business First
City Council voted Monday night to amend city codes to better address so-called "retaliatory" evictions – when a landlord files an eviction notice against a tenant as retribution for complaints about the condition of their housing.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL)

Who’s More Likely to Be Audited: A Person Making $20,000 — or $400,000?

December 12, 2018 | ProPublica
If you claim the earned income tax credit, whose average recipient makes less than $20,000 a year, you’re more likely to face IRS scrutiny than someone making twenty times as much. How a benefit for the working poor was turned against them.
Tags: Tax Relief

America’s civil justice system needs reform, too

December 12, 2018 | USA Today
Poor remain underrepresented and taken advantage of when it comes to court claims and judgments.
Tags: Access to Justice
News Story (Hawaii)

No One Is Speaking Up For Hawaii’s Renters

December 11, 2018 | Honolulu Civil Beat
There is no organization dedicated to advocating for the rights of tenants, and a new study finds they lose nearly every eviction case.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (New York) is introducing a service for suing your landlord

December 10, 2018 | amNewYork
The nonprofit's Tenant App focuses on compelling owners to make repairs in rent-regulated units.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (New York)

She Ran Away From Foster Care. She Ended Up in Handcuffs and Leg Irons.

December 6, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
It is not a crime to run away from foster care. But in Family Court hearings each week, the city is getting arrest warrants for children who do.
Tags: Children & Juvenile | Foster Youth