Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


News Story (Louisiana, NATIONAL)

Why A Post-Disaster Rule For Pro Bono Aid Isn’t For Everyone

October 28, 2019 | Law360
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, legal aid provider Southeast Louisiana Legal Services knew that people in its community would need its help with everything from disputes with landlords to appeals of insurance claim decisions.
Tags: Natural Disasters | Pro Bono
News Story (NATIONAL, South Carolina)

How Local Courts Sidestep The Right To An Attorney

October 28, 2019 | Law360
According to Joanna Weiss, a co-founder of the Fines and Fees Justice Center, it’s no surprise that constitutional violations occur in local courts because many of them primarily serve their town or city’s bottom line.
Tags: Fines and Fees

Thank A Female Veteran With Access To Legal Services

October 28, 2019 | Law360
It is the duty of members of Congress to support our men and women in uniform after they come home. Due to the increase in female service members since 2001, the number of women seeking care at the Department of Veterans Affairs has increased by 80%.
Tags: Veterans
News Story (North Carolina)

Need a divorce but can’t afford a lawyer? North Carolina created a how-to packet that can help.

October 27, 2019 | News & Record (Greensboro, NC)
The packet breaks down the judicial process, key terminology, rules for getting a divorce, what happens inside the courtroom and how to dress. It also provides all the needed forms.
Tags: Divorce | Pro Se/Self-Help
News Story (California)

Widespread Evictions Reported Before California Rent Cap Law Takes Effect Jan. 1

October 27, 2019 | CalMatters
In the months until a new law takes effect, tenants rights advocates are scrambling to combat what they say is a wave of landlords exploiting a temporary loophole. Could it have been avoided?
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (California)

Now 40 years old, Legal Assistance to the Elderly is bigger than ever — and more necessary

October 23, 2019 | Mission Local
Four decades into the nonprofit’s existence, it has more lawyers than it ever has, more space than it ever has, more money than it ever has — and a hell of a lot more to do than it ever has.
Tags: Seniors
News Story (South Carolina)

Charleston County housing court helps families avoid eviction

October 23, 2019 | WCSC-TV (Charleston, SC)
Charleston County recently launched a new housing court that provides legal help to low-income families facing eviction.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (New York)

Leveling the Legal Playing Field: Tenants Fight for Homes with the Help of Right to Counsel

October 22, 2019 | Bronx Ink
Right to Counsel gives power back to tenants, especially as they face landlords represented by powerful law firms, according to Heejung Kook, the housing unit deputy director for Legal Services NYC.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Right to Counsel
Interview (NATIONAL)

Karen Lash On Finding Legal Aid Funding In High Places

October 20, 2019 | Law360
Law360 spoke with Lash on her work in the Department of Justice and more recent efforts to make civil legal aid a more integral part of executive branches around the country.
Tags: Funding: Federal
News Story (NATIONAL)

3 Ways Legal Aid Attys Are Using Tech To Boost Court Access

October 20, 2019 | Law360
On Oct. 10, the Legal Services Corp. announced which 30 legal organizations had scored a slice of $4.2 million in grant money it was offering to fund technology projects that increase low-income Americans' access to legal help.
Tags: Technology
Editorial (Idaho)

VanderSloot provided lawmakers an example

October 20, 2019 | Post Register (Idaho)
It is a fundamental injustice that wealth plays such a role in the legal system. No amount of money changes the facts in a case. How is it right that a million dollars can so dramatically change the legal process?
Tags: Debt Collection

Law and Disorder: Climate Change in the Courts

October 18, 2019 | Climate One
The increase in weather-driven disasters over the past few years has given rise to a whole new branch of legalese, known as “Disaster Law.” Laura Tuggle of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services helps disaster survivors navigate the muddy waters of federal relief, insurance claims and inheritance rights.
Tags: Natural Disasters
Op-Ed (Pennsylvania)

Philly has eviction problem. Right to counsel legislation could help solve it.

October 17, 2019 | Philadelphia Inquirer
Those most affected by evictions in Philadelphia are most likely to be our city’s most vulnerable populations: black women with children, older people and those raising grandchildren, veterans, people with disabilities, and low-income households.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Right to Counsel
News Story (Hawaii)

Shortage of Hawaii Pro Bono Attorneys Hobbles Legal Aid To Asylum-Seekers

October 17, 2019 | Hawaii Public Radio
"Honestly, I have to say that some of these cases, we’re just taking them because no one else can. What we have started now is a new project to recruit volunteer lawyers who are not immigration attorneys and bring in additional legal help," he said.
Tags: Asylum
Investigative (Kansas, NATIONAL)

When Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested

October 16, 2019 | ProPublica
Welcome to Coffeyville, Kansas, where the judge has no law degree, debt collectors get a cut of the bail, and Americans are watching their lives — and liberty — disappear in the pursuit of medical debt collection.
Tags: Debt Collection
Interview (New York)

Head of legal-assistance group on how firms’ pro bono work keeps NYC just

October 14, 2019 | Crain’s New York Business
As president and attorney-in-charge of the New York Legal Assistance Group, Beth Goldman leads the nonprofit's efforts to provide free legal services and financial counseling to tens of thousands of New Yorkers in need.
Tags: Access to Justice
News Story (Colorado)

Some doctors can write a prescription for legal services that might mean housing for a family

October 14, 2019 | Denverite
Thanks to an unusual specialist at her primary care clinic, Beth Lawler Stichter got a remedy for what many may not see as a medical problem. “I was homeless,” Lawler Stichter said.
Tags: Medical-Legal Partnerships
Editorial (Pennsylvania)

Ensure legal fairness: Detained immigrants deserve representation

October 10, 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
U.S. courts are supposed to be guided by fairness with due process for all. But in deportation hearings in Pennsylvania and throughout the country, detained immigrants are currently not guaranteed legal representation, leaving many alone in facing government attorneys.
Tags: Immigration
Audio, News Story (Florida)

A Year After Hurricane Michael, Recovery Is Moving Slowly. Some Say Insurance Is To Blame

October 9, 2019 | WFSU (Tallahassee, FL)
Officials estimate there are still years of recovery left after Hurricane Michael slammed into the panhandle this time last year. But for many who are living in tents or doubled up in homes still in disrepair, that’s too long, and insurance companies are bearing part of the blame for what some see as a slow recovery.
Tags: Natural Disasters
Op-Ed (California)

Access to civil justice in California remains elusive. It could be an opportunity

October 8, 2019 | CalMatters
More than half of California households had problems last year that are civil legal issues, but nearly 70% of them received no legal help. That is one of the stark findings of the State Bar’s California Justice Gap Study.
Tags: Access to Justice
News Story (South Carolina)

Renters facing eviction find help as Charleston’s housing court gets underway

October 8, 2019 | Charleston City Paper
Perhaps the greatest benefit of the attorneys' presence was the compensation they asked for: none. All attorneys who helped the tenants plead their cases before the judge were volunteers who asked for nothing in return, only the opportunity to help even the odds.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
Op-Ed (Massachusetts)

Online self-help center would level legal playing field

October 8, 2019 | MassLive
By developing an online self-help center, Massachusetts has the opportunity to make our civil courts fairer for people forced to represent themselves.
Tags: Pro Se/Self-Help
News Story (Illinois)

In A Battle With Your Landlord? Lawyers Designed This Chat Bot To Help Tenants Get Free Legal Aid

October 7, 2019 | Block Club Chicago
Renters, be aware — there’s a new resource out to help get tenants free legal aid across Chicago, particularly in areas facing high eviction rates.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Technology
News Story (Arizona, NATIONAL)

Arizona Takes Step to Scrap Rule That Keeps Big Four Out

October 7, 2019 | Bloomberg Big Law Business
An Arizona task force is urging the state’s supreme court to end restrictions on nonlawyer co-ownership of law firms to close the “access to justice gap,” which could crack open the door to the Big Four accountancies.
Tags: Access to Justice
News Story (Massachusetts)

Could Virtual Aid Improve Court Access For The Lawyerless?

October 6, 2019 | Law360
With approximately half of all civil litigants walking into Massachusetts courtrooms without attorneys to provide counsel, a large percentage are potentially exposing themselves to negative legal outcomes as they contend with quotidian matters such as debt, divorces or rent disputes, a nonprofit’s recent study contends.
Tags: Pro Se/Self-Help | Technology
News Story (NATIONAL, New York)

How to Take on America’s Screwed-Up Foster Care System and Win

September 30, 2019 | VICE News
One thing was clear: Vanessa's future as a parent was at risk, and she needed a lawyer. The J.C. Penney clerk was living in a homeless shelter, and would probably need a social worker, too.
Tags: Child Welfare
News Story (Ohio)

Cleveland City Council would establish program to provide lawyers for impoverished families facing eviction

September 30, 2019 | Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
Cleveland’s legislation does not identify a source of funding for the legal advice, though Council President Kevin Kelley said he expects the city would need to pick up some of the cost.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (North Carolina)

When eviction looms, landlords have lawyers. Now more tenants do too.

September 30, 2019 | Charlotte Observer
Thanks to Mecklenburg County funding, once or twice a week lawyers from Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Charlotte office wait outside eviction court to assist tenants. Today, half a dozen lawyers are available. The next two hours will probably determine whether Diaz and Pat lose their homes within a few days.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL)

Lawyers fight for everyday women bringing #MeToo complaints

September 30, 2019 | Associated Press (AP)
The women alleged groping, propositions for sex, indecent exposure and lewd comments by supervisors. They say they were ignored or mocked, and in some cases faced retaliation, after making their allegations.
Tags: Sexual Harrassment
News Story (NATIONAL)

All Work And Low Pay: Wage Gap Persists For Legal Aid Attys

September 29, 2019 | Law360
While it isn’t surprising that attorneys working for nonprofit groups would receive less pay, the size of the discrepancy — and the low salaries in general — is concerning, Sandman said.
Tags: Access to Justice