Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


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
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Tenants seek receiver to take over troubled Penn Hills complex

December 6, 2018 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A group of tenants in a Penn Hills apartment complex that has fallen into disastrous disrepair are asking a judge to appoint a receiver who would take over the property while arguments over ownership drag on.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (New York)

Welfare debts hobble working poor as they re-enter workforce

December 5, 2018 | Buffalo News
Thousands of Erie County welfare recipients each year are on the hook to repay money they should never have received.
Tags: Public Benefits
News Story (New York)

New tool helps mistreated tenants demystify building ownership

December 5, 2018 | Curbed uses an algorithm built on NYC open data to map property ownership across the city.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant | Technology
Op-Ed (Florida)

Volunteers take the floor for equal access to justice

December 5, 2018 | Tallahassee Democrat
Doing a two-step with the legal system without representation can be more than overwhelming.
Tags: Funding: Private/Foundation | Pro Bono
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Philadelphia Could Be Next To Provide Lawyers For Low-Income Tenants

December 5, 2018 | CityLab
A new report shows that by investing in representation for low-income tenants facing eviction, the city could save more than $45 million.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (New York)

Bad Landlord? These Coders Are Here to Help

December 4, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
Mr. Kass, now 28, is part of a new crop of hackers building easy-to-use, data-driven tools to empower tenants and take on notoriously bad landlords.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant | Technology
News Story (New York)

Ruling says S.I. Courthouse cameras may adversely impact lawyer-client talks

December 3, 2018 | Staten Island Advance
The Legal Aid Society claimed victory Monday in an appellate court’s ruling ordering a federal judge to consider the potential “chilling effect” the use of surveillance cameras in attorney-client interview rooms.
Tags: Access to Justice | Courts
News Story (California)

Oakland’s plan to battle homelessness: Stop it before it starts

December 3, 2018 | Christian Science Monitor
As rising rents push low-income tenants out of Oakland, the city is responding with a program that’s fighting homelessness and gentrification before they take root. The program's approach may be a model for California and the country.
Tags: Homeless Youth | Housing: Homelessness
News Story (Massachusetts)

Courts Turn To Cellphone Bans Despite Access Concerns

December 2, 2018 | Law360
Such is the conundrum for litigants without lawyers in 56 Massachusetts trial court facilities with active cellphone bans, according to research published in July by the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law & Justice.
Tags: Access to Justice | Courts

Take care to help veterans who care for others too

November 29, 2018 | Stars and Stripes
As an attorney with LegalHealth, who staffs an on-site free legal clinic for older veterans at the Manhattan and Bronx VA hospitals in New York, I find far too many veteran clients who are seeking services not only for themselves, but care for others.
Tags: Veterans
News Story (Nevada)

Nevada guardianship reform goes to Washington

November 29, 2018 | KTNV (Las Vegas)
Local advocate testifies before Special Committee.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Guardianship
News Story (Minnesota)

Latest fight over controversial landlord’s Minneapolis properties puts spotlight on housing court

November 28, 2018 | MinnPost
Del Campo Chacon’s eviction fight is a new chapter in a long story, one that includes allegations of fraud, unsanitary conditions, rent strikes, and city intervention.
Tags: Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Hire More Lawyers. Save More Money

November 28, 2018 | Philadelphia Citizen
You wouldn’t expect that hiring a bunch more lawyers could actually help a city save money, but that’s exactly what a new report on Philadelphia’s intractable eviction crisis concluded.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL)

ITT Tech students score victory in bankruptcy settlement

November 28, 2018 | Washington Post
On Wednesday, a federal judge gave final approval to a settlement that will erase nearly $600 million that 750,000 students owed ITT Technical Institute.
Tags: Student Debt
News Story (Ohio)

Tenant Advocacy Project helps Franklin County residents stay in their homes, according to new study

November 27, 2018 | Columbus Dispatch
The study found that tenants who received help from the Tenant Advocacy Project were able to stay in their home 240 percent more often than those who were not helped by the organization.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL)

A Blank Check for Legal Aid Gets Harder to Cash

November 26, 2018 | Law360
IOLTA programs across the country have been a major source of dollars for civil legal aid programs for decades, but anemic interest rates since the financial crash in 2008 have largely drained what was once a much deeper pond.
Tags: Funding: IOLTA
Audio, News Story (Ohio)

Columbus Tenant Advocacy Pilot Shows Strong Results

November 26, 2018 | WOSU (Columbus, OH)
A new program assisting Columbus residents facing evictions has released a report on its first six months of work.
Tags: Housing: Eviction

Eviction Representation: A Critical Component of Housing Justice

November 26, 2018 | Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
The costs and benefits of eviction representation are the focus of a new study of universal representation in Philadelphia.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (California)

Calif. May Propel In-House Pro Bono Changes In Other States

November 25, 2018 | Law360
The California State Bar Board of Trustees is now considering a new allowance for registered in-house counsel to do pro bono work under the supervision of that entity or an eligible legal aid organization.
Tags: Access to Justice | Pro Bono
Column (Arkansas)

Are work requirements inherently, irredeemably flawed?

November 21, 2018 | Washington Post
Arkansas’s first-in-the-country, first-in-history Medicaid work requirements have been backfiring. Nonetheless, 13 other states are pursuing similar policies.
Tags: Medicaid | Work Requirements
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
Feature, Video (Arkansas)

With new work requirement, thousands lose Medicaid coverage in Arkansas

November 19, 2018 | PBS News Hour
A major initiative of the Trump administration has been adding work requirements to benefit programs for the poor, now including Medicaid. This year, Arkansas became the first state to roll out the requirement.
Tags: Medicaid | Work Requirements
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
Feature (NATIONAL)

When schools use child protective services as a weapon against parents

November 17, 2018 | Hechinger Report
Many school employees are legally obligated to report any suspicion of child abuse and neglect, but sometimes that authority is misused.
Tags: Foster Youth
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