Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


Op-Ed (California)

California eviction law is pushing working familes out of their neighborhoods or worse — onto the streets

March 23, 2018 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
Our eviction laws are antiquated, dangerous and inhumane. We must demand an expansion of tenant protections that will keep economically vulnerable people in safe housing. Tenants' rights are at least as important as landlords' privileges.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
Letter to Editor (Massachusetts)

The health, safety and livelihoods of many of our neighbors depend on civil legal aid

March 22, 2018 | Republican (Springfield, MA)
Now is not the time for to cut state funding for civil legal aid; it should be increased. The health, safety and livelihoods of many of our neighbors depend on it.
Tags: Funding: State & Local
Op-Ed (NATIONAL, New York)

Legal tech is opening the system to those who need legal representation the most

March 14, 2018 | TechCrunch
If technology works so well in a legal setting, why haven’t we seen a greater breadth of legal tech solutions?
Tags: Access to Justice | Funding: Private/Foundation | Technology
Op-Ed (Ohio)

Provide right to counsel in housing cases to reduce evictions, tackle poverty

March 2, 2018 | Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
When families lack safe, stable housing, many aspects of their lives fall apart. Eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction

What happens when you can’t afford to go bankrupt

March 2, 2018 | Washington Post
It happens every tax season. With many more people suddenly able to pay a lawyer, the number of bankruptcy filings jumps way up in March, stays high in April, then declines.
Tags: Bankruptcy | Technology

Trump has a chance to help domestic violence survivors

February 28, 2018 | Hill, The
If he wants to change the story, and at the same time provide real support for survivors of domestic violence, the president has an opportunity at his fingertips: Defend, don’t defund, the Legal Services Corporation.
Tags: Domestic Violence | Funding: Federal
Op-Ed (Florida)

Low-income hurricane victims being denied legal assistance

February 21, 2018 | Miami Herald
Congress must appropriate funding that permits legal aid groups to provide legal help, including representation, for as long as necessary for recovery, which we know can take years.
Tags: Disaster Recovery | Funding: Federal
Op-Ed (Idaho)

Idaho Legal Aid needs and deserves help from the state of Idaho

February 16, 2018 | Idaho Press Tribune
House Bill 532 lays the groundwork for doing what 47 other states are already doing for their people.
Tags: Funding: State & Local

Congress must act to bring civil legal aid to every homeless and struggling veteran who needs it in 2018

February 1, 2018 | Fox News
According to a recent study in Health Affairs, this legal aid improves health outcomes for this vulnerable minority of American veterans. Congress should act quickly to pass the bill so all veterans get the care they deserve.
Tags: Housing: Homelessness | Veterans
Op-Ed (Florida)

Florida’s foster children deserve legal representation

February 1, 2018 | Tallahassee Democrat
The Constitution Revision Commission should place Proposal 40 on the ballot to make Florida the national model for protecting foster children by giving them both a lawyer and a volunteer Guardian ad Litem.
Tags: Children & Juvenile | Civil Right to Counsel | Foster Youth
Op-Ed (Kentucky)

Governor’s budget would cut critical programs

January 31, 2018 | Richmond Register (KY)
Kentucky’s civil legal aid programs serve the working poor, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, nursing home residents, and victims of domestic violence.

Op-Ed (Washington)

To keep people out of poverty, we must support ‘justice for all’

January 27, 2018 | Tri-City Herald (WA)
For tens of thousands of low-income Washingtonians who face devastating civil legal crises, the same right to an attorney is not guaranteed. Subsequently, justice is denied.
Tags: Funding: State & Local

Raise the bar: Lawyers helping homeless youth

January 10, 2018 | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Because of their unique situations, homeless children face daunting circumstances that frequently give rise to legal problems.
Tags: Homeless Youth | Housing: Homelessness
Letter to Editor (NATIONAL)

Guns and Domestic Violence

December 30, 2017 | New York Times (NYT)
An equally critical step that Congress can take is to improve access to protective orders by increasing funding for the Legal Services Corporation.
Tags: Domestic Violence
Op-Ed (Ohio)

House bill would rein in predatory lenders

December 1, 2017 | Toledo Blade
But payday borrowers in Ohio face an additional burden: Ohio currently has the most expensive payday loans in the country.
Tags: Consumer Protection | Predatory Lending
Op-Ed (California)

Finding fairness for tenants in a way a landlord can love

November 22, 2017 | San Francisco Chronicle
Landlords save money when a tenant departs voluntarily after settling. Also, as the current system favors landlords, the Shriver program makes the eviction process fairer overall.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Over 70,000 military sexual assaults took place last year — Congress must take action

November 16, 2017 | Fox News
Congress should act swiftly to approve long overdue legislation introduced Thursday to strengthen the prosecution of sexual assault in the military.
Tags: Sexual Assault | Veterans

Scrapping loan forgiveness for public servants hurts our democracy

November 11, 2017 | Hill, The
Broad access to justice is essential to the preservation of any democracy, and yet many Americans struggle to afford adequate legal representation.
Tags: Student Debt | Student Loan Forgiveness
Op-Ed (North Carolina)

The things they still carry

November 10, 2017 | News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
Veterans are caught in a cruel Catch-22: they cannot obtain treatment for their PTSD because of consequences of their PTSD.
Tags: Military Discharges | Veterans
Op-Ed (New Jersey)

Why N.J. should provide low-income tenants facing eviction free legal help

November 2, 2017 | Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
Indeed, only 80 of the 40,000 residential eviction actions brought in Essex County in one year alone had tenants asserting their most basic right to a safe and inhabitable dwelling.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
Op-Ed (Texas)

Hurricane Harvey creates huge need for legal aid

October 26, 2017 | Dallas Morning News
After an event as catastrophic as Hurricane Harvey, which destroyed property and tore apart lives, legal needs continue for years. For people already stripped of their worldly possessions, more trials are to come. That is where legal aid comes in.

Op-Ed (Georgia)

Using the law to stop violence—and save taxpayers money

October 25, 2017 | Newnan Times-Herald (GA)
Having a lawyer increases the chances that a victim of domestic violence can obtain a temporary protective order.
Tags: Domestic Violence
Op-Ed (Louisiana, Texas)

Lawyers step up to help disaster survivors

October 23, 2017 | Houston Chronicle
But as the interest in the story wanes, legal needs for the people affected by these storms are just beginning to surface. Disaster survivors' legal problems can be lengthy and complicated. That is where lawyers can help.
Tags: Disaster Recovery
Op-Ed (Florida)

The power of pro bono work by lawyers

October 19, 2017 | Tampa Bay Times
This year's week, Oct. 22-28, comes at a time when lawyers are especially vital to helping Floridians recover not just from individual crises — but from a natural disaster that affected millions of us.
Tags: Funding: State & Local | Pro Bono
Op-Ed (Maryland)

Fee shifting can help restore balance to rent court

October 16, 2017 | Baltimore Sun
The landlords rarely suffer significant consequences for allowing unsafe property conditions, and tenants frequently struggle to navigate the system even when their cases are strong.
Tags: Court Debt | Fines and Fees | Housing: Eviction
Op-Ed (Oklahoma)

Want justice? Fund Legal Aid

September 21, 2017 | Tulsa World
In our lifetimes, though, through legal aid programs we have made progress toward keeping the promise of justice for all. Now, the progress we have made is being threatened because Congress may stop funding legal aid.
Tags: Funding: Federal

Every year, millions try to navigate US courts without a lawyer

September 21, 2017 | Associated Press (AP)
Without legal assistance, their issues will likely be unresolved or, worse, wrongly resolved against them.
Tags: Justice for All | Pro Se/Self-Help

Law schools are letting down their students and society—here are three steps they can take to fix things

September 20, 2017 | Quartz
This is bad news for students. But it is even worse news for the rest of us.
Tags: Delivery Systems | Law Schools
Op-Ed (Arkansas)

Justice for all

September 16, 2017 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Legal aid deserves support.
Tags: Funding: Federal | Justice for All
Op-Ed (Florida, NATIONAL, Texas)

Disasters like Harvey and Irma show how lawyers’ stodgy rules kick Americans when they’re down

September 12, 2017 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
If American lawyers really want to help people who are hurting, they should start by fixing their own rules.
Tags: Disaster Recovery