Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid



America’s civil justice system needs reform, too

December 12, 2018 | USA Today
Poor remain underrepresented and taken advantage of when it comes to court claims and judgments.
Tags: Access to Justice
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

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
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
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
Op-Ed (Florida)

Elections matter and access to justice issues should count

October 26, 2018 | Tampa Bay Times
Florida is one of only two states that do not have state funding for civil legal aid.
Tags: Access to Justice | Funding: State & Local
Op-Ed (Ohio)

Survivors rely on legal aid to break cycle of abuse

October 25, 2018 | Columbus Dispatch
All of us have a role to play in ensuring that survivors such as Lucy get legal help to escape their abusers so that tragic domestic violence deaths can be prevented.
Tags: Domestic Violence | Funding: Private/Foundation

Liberals Abandoned Civil Legal Aid. Now They Need to Bring It Back.

October 12, 2018 | Slate
A “civil Gideon” is needed to provide publicly funded attorneys for low-income people in cases like eviction proceedings, domestic violence, and public benefits disputes.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel
Op-Ed (Michigan)

A pathway for Detroit tenants to enforce their rights

October 10, 2018 | Detroit News
Renters in Detroit, especially low-income renters, struggle to find safe and affordable housing. This is in large part because landlords have failed to hold up their end of the bargain and have allowed their properties to fall into a state of disrepair.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant
Op-Ed (New York)

Give Tenants Lawyers

October 9, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
Eviction is a nationwide epidemic, and people faced with losing everything need representation.

Op-Ed (West Virginia)

Legal Aid gives domestic violence victims meaningful options

October 7, 2018 | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Does it surprise you to know that someone charged with domestic abuse has a right to a lawyer, but their victim does not?
Tags: Domestic Violence
Letter to Editor (Texas)

Relief for Hurricane Harvey Survivors

September 12, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
A legal advocate discusses the obstacles posed by FEMA.
Tags: Disaster Recovery
Op-Ed (Mississippi)

In Child Welfare, Two Worlds When it Comes to Legal Representation

September 10, 2018 | Chronicle of Social Change (CA)
In one world, parents with resources immediately hire lawyers to help navigate troubled legal terrain. In the other, attorneys are viewed as luxuries, superfluous actors in a system in which the state is entrusted to protect the family’s interests.
Tags: Child Custody
Op-Ed, Video (Florida)

Your Honor, Can I Play With That Gavel?

August 22, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
The U.S. government expects children as young as 18 months to represent themselves in immigration court. Lawyers in Miami made a coloring book to help kids understand what they’re facing.
Tags: Courts | Immigration Process
Op-Ed (Illinois)

Civil legal aid can help homeless veterans

August 11, 2018 | Rockford Register Star (Illinois)
A new report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shows that homeless veterans across the country could benefit from the help of a lawyer.
Tags: Housing: Homelessness | Veterans

Trump is targeting unauthorized illegal immigrant children — US citizen kids could be next

August 8, 2018 | Hill, The
These policies demonstrate the White House’s dwindling hesitation to increase penalties on the most vulnerable in order to advance its nativist objectives.
Tags: Deportation
Op-Ed (Pennsylvania)

Philly’s humanitarian crisis: Too many kids in foster care

August 5, 2018 | Philadelphia Inquirer
As a legal aid attorney for the last 20 years in Philadelphia, I have witnessed this firsthand. I have seen countless parents forced to wait months to have any contact with their child.
Tags: Foster Youth
Op-Ed (Florida)

Miami’s homeless veterans need legal assistance. You can help them get it.

July 31, 2018 | Miami Herald
As an attorney with the Veteran’s Legal Advocacy Project at Legal Services of Greater Miami, I can tell you why that is — and how you can help.
Tags: Housing: Homelessness | Veterans
Op-Ed (New York)

I Represent Migrant Children in Immigration Court. This Is What It’s Like.

July 26, 2018 | Glamour
I stood in the back of the courtroom and observed the hearing. While part of me was stunned by the sight of a little girl alone in court, I had also grown accustomed to this familiar scene.
Tags: Courts | Immigration Process
Op-Ed (Tennessee)

Legal Aid Society is Working to Support Homeless Veterans

July 25, 2018 |
These unresolved legal issues often contribute to the cycle of poverty that keeps these veterans in a homeless situation.
Tags: Housing: Homelessness | Veterans
Op-Ed (New Hampshire)

Vets deserve our gratitude, and access to justice

July 6, 2018 | New Hampshire Business Review
Why it’s important to support the Campaign for Legal Services.
Tags: Access to Justice | Housing: Homelessness | Veterans
Letter to Editor (Louisiana)

Many veterans need legal help but can’t afford it

July 6, 2018 | Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)
The most popular answer from veterans around the country, including here in Louisiana, may surprise you: They need civil legal aid. They asked for lawyers to help resolve court fines, prevent eviction, restore suspended driver's licenses and handle child support issues.
Tags: Housing: Homelessness | Veterans
Letter to Editor (NATIONAL)

When Pregnant Women Face Workplace Bias

June 24, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
The observation that many women “never file complaints because they can’t afford an attorney, don’t recognize that what happened to them is illegal or fear retaliation” is especially true of mothers in low-wage jobs. And for them, losing a job is much more than a setback.
Tags: Employment | Pregnancy | Workers Rights

An Immigration Lawyer On What Really Happens To Women Seeking Asylum

June 22, 2018 | BuzzFeed
Jeff Sessions recently undermined asylum protections for domestic violence survivors. Before he made that call, here's how one woman pleaded her case.
Tags: Asylum | Domestic Violence | Immigration Process
Op-Ed (Georgia)

We must distinguish between scary students and annoying ones

June 20, 2018 | Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC)
In this guest column, Tafelski, supervising attorney for the Georgia Legal Services Program, talks about the misguided zeal that has led to zero tolerance policies in many schools.
Tags: Schools: Discipline

Funding restrictions for human trafficking grants can prevent victims from getting justice

June 17, 2018 | Hill, The
The change, prompted by the Trump administration, denies survivors access to critical legal representation that helps them achieve independence, safety and stability.
Tags: Funding: Federal | Trafficking

Sessions holds safety beyond the grasp of abuse victims

June 17, 2018 | Washington Post
Instead, the U.S. government has revoked the refuge once offered to women who dared to demand that their worth be recognized.
Tags: Asylum | Domestic Violence