Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


News Story (Indiana, NATIONAL)

Alternative approaches: Pew study finds civil legal problems impacting 47% of US households

January 8, 2020 | Indiana Lawyer
After finding the need for civil legal assistance in the United States is widespread across all income levels — and perhaps spread wider than previously thought — The Pew Charitable Trusts sees a need for new solutions to addressing the problems experienced by many individuals and families.
Tags: Access to Justice | Research/Data | Right to Counsel
News Story (New York)

Specialized Housing Court Aims To Strengthen Tenant Rights in Rochester

January 7, 2020 | Spectrum News Rochester
A new housing court in the city of Rochester is designed to assist and protect tenants with potential landlord issues.
Tags: Housing | Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (Virginia)

Dozens of families saved from evictions due to city program

January 7, 2020 | WWBT Richmond (local NBC, VA)
The Richmond Eviction Diversion Program was officially established in October and came about following The New York Times article stating “The River City” was the 2nd-worst city in the nation for evictions.
Tags: Eviction Diversion | Housing | Housing: Eviction
Letter to Editor (NATIONAL, Pennsylvania)

To the Editor: Re “Eviction Crises That a Few Hundred Dollars Could Solve”

January 7, 2020 | New York Times (NYT)
While the holiday season brought tidings of joy for some, many people go through the cold winter months facing eviction and homelessness. Many are renters who are shut out of their homes over only a few hundred dollars, often less than one month’s rent.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Right to Counsel
News Story (New York)

Staying home: NYC evictions down nearly 20% after pro-tenant laws enacted

January 6, 2020 | amNewYork
Evictions are down nearly 20 percent in New York City since rent laws were enacted last June, city data shows — and the nonprofit Legal Aid Society credited the new laws with contributing to the decline.
Tags: Housing | Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant | Housing: Right to Counsel
News Story (Illinois)

Past marijuana convictions can be erased, but it could take years

January 5, 2020 | Daily Herald (Illinois)
They say that while the assistance of a lawyer isn't necessary for such cases, it can be helpful to consult someone with expertise in this area.
Tags: Criminal Records | Expungement / Record Sealing
News Story, Video (Pennsylvania)

Equal Justice Center Aims for Legal Representation for the Poor

January 5, 2020 | NBC 10 Philadelphia
Set to open in 2022, the Philadelphia Equal Justice Center will bring more than a dozen agencies together under one roof with the aim of providing legal representation for things like child custody disputes, protection from abuse and housing disputes for lower-income people.
Tags: Access to Justice
Op-Ed (Tennessee)

Legal Aid Society Can Help Restore Lost Public Assistance Benefits

January 4, 2020 |
“I prayed that the good Lord knows what he’s doing and is taking care of me,” she said. “If anything like that happened again, I wouldn’t think two minutes before calling Legal Aid Society.”
Tags: Public Benefits
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Pennsylvania and New Jersey have new laws on the books in 2020

January 2, 2020 | Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia will provide free legal representation to low-income tenants at risk of being evicted, after a bill detailing the measure passed unanimously by City Council and was signed by Mayor Jim Kenney in December.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Right to Counsel
Op-Ed (Georgia)

Limited Representation Helps Tenants Who Would Otherwise Face Eviction Alone

December 31, 2019 | Daily Report (Georgia)
Sharing simple information about the law and the eviction process can help tenants buy time to relocate or to negotiate a different outcome with their landlords.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (Mississippi)

Mississippi’s immigrant families struggle amid dwindling resources after ICE raids

December 30, 2019 | Mississippi Today
Those detained in August aren’t able to work. “So you’re living in this limbo where you can’t do anything, and that’s even when you’ve been released,” said Amelia McGowan, senior attorney with the Mississippi Center for Justice.
Tags: ICE Raids | Immigration
News Story (NATIONAL)

The latest threat to US landlords? Cities are arming tenants with lawyers

December 28, 2019 | The Real Deal
Free counsel is hard to implement, but so far appears effective at reducing evictions.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Right to Counsel
News Story (NATIONAL)

As Rents Rise, Cities Strengthen Tenants’ Ability to Fight Eviction

December 26, 2019 | Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
Half-a-dozen cities from San Francisco to Cleveland are promising tenants the right to an attorney in eviction cases, a costly and logistically daunting initiative that advocates say is a necessary response to rising housing costs and homelessness.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Right to Counsel
Column (New York)

Evictions Are Down in New York. Thank the Voters.

December 26, 2019 | New York Times (NYT)
The rent protections passed by the newly Democratic State Senate are working.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (Ohio)

Court considers new rules to blunt the impact of Akron’s high eviction rate

December 25, 2019 | Akron Beacon Journal
Akron municipal judges are set to adopt new rules requiring more of landlords who evict tenants while giving tenants the chance to seal such cases, which can bar them from finding an apartment in the future, even if they won the eviction case or a judge tossed it out.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (California)

A California housing crisis mystery: Rents are way up this decade, but eviction filings are way down

December 22, 2019 | CalMatters
Despite a major run-up in rents, California landlords are using the courts far less frequently to remove tenants. What’s going on?
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant
Blog Post (NATIONAL)

5 Principles for Civil Justice Reform

December 19, 2019 | Center for American Progress (CAP)
For parties involved, the stakes of civil proceedings are extraordinarily high. Child custody; orders of protection against a violent stalker; foreclosure of and eviction from a home; and falling prey to predatory debt collectors are all matters handled by civil courts.
Tags: Civil Justice Reform
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Philadelphia renters forced to deal with major issues — or risk eviction

December 18, 2019 | WHYY (PA)
“The importance of the right to counsel bill can’t be minimized,” says Rachel Garland, a veteran of the city’s eviction courts and managing attorney at Community Legal Services. “This is a very large step for Philadelphia.”
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Right to Counsel
News Story (NATIONAL, Ohio, Pennsylvania)

Is Tenants’ Right to Counsel On Its Way to Becoming Standard Practice?

December 10, 2019 |
Eviction is a deeply disruptive and destructive event in a tenant’s life that, in the words of Matt Desmond, director of Princeton University's Eviction Lab, “is not just a condition of poverty, it is a cause of it.” Research shows that most of the time in housing court landlords have lawyers but tenants do not. The good news is that there is a growing national movement to provide all renters facing eviction the legal help they need to ensure a fair outcome in eviction proceedings. So far, five cities have passed such bills, and more are considering it.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (Washington)

Landlords with lawyers, tenants without: How some WA renters are signing away their rights

December 5, 2019 | Crosscut
The state Legislature recently passed new regulations to protect against eviction, but many don't know their rights.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (Virginia)

Study: Many Wage Complaints Go Uninvestigated

December 5, 2019 | WVTF (local NPR, VA)
When a worker believes they’ve been cheated out of their pay, they can file a complaint with the state. But a new study finds many of those complaints are never investigated.
Tags: Wage Theft
News Story (California, NATIONAL)

Attorneys question presence of tech industry insiders on California bar task force for reforming legal industry

December 5, 2019 | ABA Journal
A California state bar task force crafting proposals to overhaul regulation of the state’s legal marketplace has drawn criticism from attorneys who believe some of its members evaluating whether to open up the legal industry to nonlawyer ownership and greater technology-driven legal services have conflicts of interest.
Tags: Non-lawyers | Technology
News Story (New York)

Lawmakers propose bill to help New York renters avoid eviction

December 5, 2019 | WABC-TV (New York, NY)
Tenant and landlord advocates are gearing up for another fight about housing rights in the new year, and lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would prohibit landlords from evicting tenants without providing a good legal reason when a lease expires.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (Virginia)

Report: Virginia rarely helps workers collect unpaid wages from deadbeat employers

December 4, 2019 | Virginia Mercury
Ronaldo Gonzalez Vasquez says his employer owed him two weeks of pay when his once-reliable boss stopped responding to phone calls and text messages.
Tags: Wage Theft
News Story (Alaska)

Bar Association wants more lawyers to donate

December 4, 2019 | KUAC-FM (Fairbanks, AK)
Everyone accused of a crime has the right to an attorney, but that’s not a right for parties in civil cases. If you are getting a divorce, or someone sues you, you have to pay for legal counsel or go it alone.
Tags: Domestic Violence | Housing: Landlord-Tenant | Pro Bono
News Story (Utah)

They Loan You Money. Then They Get A Warrant For Your Arrest.

December 3, 2019 | ProPublica
High-interest loan companies are using Utah’s small claims courts to arrest borrowers and take their bail money. Technically, the warrants are issued for missing court hearings. For many, that’s a distinction without a difference.
Tags: Debt Collection
News Story (Florida)

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Launches Service For Veterans In Need Of Assistance

December 3, 2019 | WJCT Jacksonville
Military veterans who need legal help now have a place to turn that’s geared to their specific needs.
Tags: Veterans
News Story (Connecticut)

New Lead Law Passes, With Teeth

December 3, 2019 | New Haven Independent
Alders unanimously approved updating the city’s child lead poisoning laws — but only after including a change that won over critics who heralded the final version for protecting at-risk kids.
Tags: Lead Poisoning
News Story (Texas)

Retired Texas shrimper wins record-breaking $50 million settlement from plastics manufacturing giant

December 3, 2019 | Texas Tribune
U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt approved the settlement agreement between a scrappy environmental coalition and plastics giant Formosa. The settlement is the largest in U.S. history resulting from a citizen environmental suit.
Tags: Environmental Justice
News Story (Texas)

Legal Help Out Of Reach For Many Asylum Seekers In El Paso Sector Detention Centers

December 2, 2019 | KERA (TX)
Beyond a few dedicated nonprofits like Las Americas, there aren’t many free or low cost legal services in the region.
Tags: Immigration