Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


News Story (Pennsylvania)

Can Paying for the Poor to Have Lawyers Actually Save a City Money?

November 19, 2018 | Governing
Lawyers in Philadelphia think so. They want the city, which is suffering from an eviction crisis, to spend more on helping people fight landlords in court.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Philly Sees New Push To Provide Attys For Poor Tenants

November 18, 2018 | Law360
According to a report commissioned by the Philadelphia Bar Association and released last week, residents of the poorest major city in the country are evicted at a rate 150 percent higher than the national average.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL)

Legal Technicians Step In To Fight Justice Gap

November 18, 2018 | Law360
Such programs are part of a broader movement attempting to reckon with "a spectrum of legal needs" that may not require an attorney, said David S. Udell.
Tags: Access to Justice | Limited License Legal Technician
Investigative (Arizona)

More affordable housing, right to legal counsel could ease Tucson’s eviction problem

November 15, 2018 | Arizona Daily Star
Ensuring due process for tenants in eviction court is also critical, legal advocates say.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (New York)

NYC’s Legal Assistance Program For Tenants Is Saving Thousands From Eviction

November 15, 2018 | Gothamist (NYC)
Court-appointed lawyers have started to transform the predatory environment of housing court, resulting in fewer evictions, but some eligible tenants still slip through the cracks, and implementation has been more successful in some boroughs than others.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Pennsylvania)

What Philadephia Could Gain from Expanding Legal Aid for Tenants

November 14, 2018 |
Since the beginning of 2018, the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project has assisted close to 800 tenants who were facing eviction in the city.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
Investigative (Arizona)

Low-income housing crisis takes toll on Tucson renters

November 14, 2018 | Arizona Daily Star
Over the last fiscal year, judges in Pima County Consolidated Justice Court ordered an average of 25 evictions each day, an Arizona Daily Star analysis found.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
Investigative (Arizona)

Most tenants no-shows at rapid-fire eviction hearings

November 14, 2018 | Arizona Daily Star
Nearly three-quarters of eviction actions filed in Pima County Consolidated Justice Court over the last four years were ruled in favor of the landlord, an Arizona Daily Star analysis of justice court data found.
Tags: Courts | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Minnesota)

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, tenant advocates launch program that aims to help renters on the verge of eviction

November 14, 2018 | Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
Minneapolis tenants facing evictions are increasingly showing up in housing court without a lawyer when their cases are heard, leaving them disadvantaged in fighting their case, tenant advocates said Wednesday.
Tags: Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Report finds financial returns on funding lawyers for tenants threatened with eviction

November 13, 2018 | KYW (local CBS, Philadelphia)
Evictions rates are high across the country but Philadelphia's is 1.5 times the national average. The Philadelphia Bar Association has a proposal they think will help and save the city some money.
Tags: Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Pennsylvania)

City could save $45M with tenant legal help

November 13, 2018 | Philadelphia Tribune
On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Bar Association released the year-long study, “Economic Return on Investment for Providing Counsel in Philadelphia Eviction Cases for Low-Income Tenants,” which was completed by Chicago-based Stout Risius Ross LLC.
Tags: Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Pennsylvania)

New report claims city could save millions by providing lawyers to residents in eviction cases

November 13, 2018 | Philadelphia Weekly
By providing lawyers for people faced with eviction, the City of Philadelphia could save itself tens of millions of dollars in costs, the study said.
Tags: Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Study: Philly tenants facing eviction too often lack legal representation

November 13, 2018 | South Texas College of Law Houston Veterans Clinic , WHYY (PA)
The Philadelphia Bar Association released a study that shows the city could save more than $45 million dollars annually in costs if it invested $3.5 million a year to ensure all low-income tenants have legal assistance in eviction court.
Tags: Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Ohio)

Legal Aid receives $1.2M in grants to help local DV victims

November 13, 2018 | Akron Legal News (OH)
Justice for Families grant to help Trumbull County domestic violence victims
Tags: Funding: Federal
News Story (NATIONAL)

The government pays for migrant children’s lawyers. Challenge the government, and they can lose their funding

November 13, 2018 | Reveal News
The U.S. refugee agency that cares for children who have crossed the border alone has for years threatened to cut off funding to legal advocates if they challenge a child’s detention or placement in juvenile jails, according to attorneys who have worked within the system.
Tags: Funding: Federal | Immigration Process
Audio, News Story (New York)

With More Lawyers for Tenants, City Says Evictions Are Dropping

November 13, 2018 | WNYC (NY)
In the past, almost all of the attorneys here were representing landlords. But starting last year, New York City’s Right to Counsel law has provided free lawyers for tenants in 15 ZIP Codes throughout the city.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
Profile (New York)

The Courts See a Crime. These Lawyers See a Whole Life.

November 12, 2018 | Marshall Project
Pairing old-school defense with attention to real-life problems gets people out of jail.
Tags: Holistic Defense
Audio, Interview (Michigan)

Michigan Cities Face Eviction Crisis — Here Are Some Solutions

November 12, 2018 | WDET (Detroit)
In other places across the country, there are efforts afoot in cities such as Cleveland meant to tackle housing issues through the court system.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
Interview (Texas)

Inside The Fight To Get Justice For Detained Migrants In Trump’s America

November 10, 2018 | Huffington Post
“It can be very difficult to see the pain in people’s faces and the panic,” a director of the legal aid group RAICES said.
Tags: Deportation | Immigration Process
News Story (Virginia)

Eviction isn’t just about poverty. It’s also about race — and Virginia proves it.

November 10, 2018 |
New research, however, is complicating that picture of eviction in America. It’s not only a matter of poverty. It’s also a matter of race.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Racial Justice
Op-Ed (Texas)

Veterans fight for our freedom; it’s time we fight for their legal aid

November 9, 2018 | Victoria Advocate (TX)
Texas lawyers and the legal community have a responsibility to help military service members. Legal aid can and does make a difference for veterans.
Tags: Funding: State & Local | Veterans
Op-Ed (Texas)

It’s time to fight for veterans’ legal aid

November 9, 2018 | Austin American-Statesman
Providing free legal services to qualifying veterans is imperative. We should make a commitment to better the lives of the service men and women who voluntarily risked their lives for our freedom.
Tags: Funding: State & Local | Veterans

We have a right to counsel in criminal cases. Why not in evictions?

November 6, 2018 | Washington Post
Congress and state lawmakers should act to pass legislation to ensure all families have their day in court.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction

The Modernization Our Civil Legal System Needs

November 6, 2018 | Governing
Technology can help people who don't have lawyers and make courts more efficient.
Tags: Access to Justice | Courts | Technology
News Story (North Carolina)

‘I am surviving cancer’ with help from Affordable Care Act, Etowah woman says

November 2, 2018 | Asheville Citizen-Times (NC)
Pfeiffer spoke at a press conference held by Pisgah Legal Services to bring attention to that and to outline help available to navigate the enrollment process.
Tags: Health Care
Feature (Wisconsin)

The careful and often subtle social activism of Aaron Rodgers, NFL’s biggest superstar

November 1, 2018 | Washington Post
Rodgers has donated time and money to causes typical and atypical of a superstar quarterback’s philanthropy.
Tags: Funding: Private/Foundation
Op-Ed (Florida)

Fund equal access to justice

October 28, 2018 | Sarasota Herald Tribune
It is a sad fact that our justice system is accessible primarily by those with enough money to endure the process. Merits, not money, should be the deciding factor when it comes to justice.
Tags: Access to Justice | Funding: State & Local
News Story (NATIONAL)

Legal Aid Funder Faces Existential Crisis Under Trump

October 28, 2018 | Law360
Following Donald Trump's election to the presidency, the LSC and its grantees face an existential crisis — for the first time since President Ronald Reagan left office, the executive branch has repeatedly called for LSC's elimination.
Tags: Funding: Federal
News Story (NATIONAL)

MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant Spotlights Access To Justice Field

October 28, 2018 | Law360
For decades, the subject of legal aid, pro bono efficacy, alternatives to traditional representation and other legal access issues has suffered from a dearth of scholarship.
Tags: Access to Justice
News Story (Colorado)

Eviction reduction effort set for Adams, Broomfield counties as tenant rights pilot program readies for launch

October 28, 2018 | Denver Post
Escalating home prices, rentals in metro Denver have put the squeeze on tenants.
Tags: Housing: Eviction