Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


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
Letter to Editor (Massachusetts)

Boost civil legal aid budget for the poor

May 30, 2018 | Lowell Sun (Massachusetts)
As state lawmakers construct a balanced budget that meets all of our needs, they should consider an increase in state funding for civil legal aid.
Tags: Funding: State & Local
Op-Ed (Indiana)

Opioid recovery teams benefit from the addition of lawyers

May 29, 2018 | STAT
One important lesson we have learned in treating people with substance use disorders is that we can’t just rely on an excellent clinical team — we also need lawyers to help address critical social issues that arise for our patients during recovery.
Tags: Medical-Legal Partnerships | Opioid Crisis
Op-Ed (Ohio)

State budget should support legal aid

May 27, 2018 | Columbus Dispatch
Remarkably, the state of Ohio contributes nothing to legal aid. The Ohio Supreme Court’s Task Force recommended in 2015 that the Ohio General Assembly fund the cost of the 120 legal-aid attorneys and support staff who were laid off because of declining funds.
Tags: Funding: Federal | Funding: State & Local
Op-Ed (Illinois)

Lisa Madigan: Illinois must continue to invest in vital legal aid organizations

May 18, 2018 | State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
At a time when federal funding for legal aid organizations across the country is being threatened, the General Assembly must continue to invest in these vital programs in Illinois.
Tags: Funding: State & Local

Senator’s plan best for GI sex-assault victims

May 17, 2018 | Stars and Stripes
Far too few stories of #MeTooMilitary have been told. Enough is enough. We must act now to support our troops by passing the MJIA, cracking down on sexual harassment and assault in our military, and safeguarding their fundamental rights.
Tags: Sexual Assault | Veterans

Meeting the Challenge of the Legal Aid Crisis

May 4, 2018 | National Law Journal
The opioid crisis and the recent spate of natural disasters present new challenges to already overburdened civil legal aid providers.
Tags: Disaster Recovery | Opioid Crisis

Legal aid ensures equal justice for all; Congress must increase funding for the Legal Services Corporation

April 27, 2018 | Hill, The
It helps disaster victims get the government assistance to which they are entitled. When domestic violence survivors need protection, LSC lawyers help obtain court orders. And LSC helps tenants who face illegal evictions.
Tags: Funding: Federal

Senators, ask Dr. Ronny Jackson about civil legal aid for homeless vets

April 24, 2018 | Hill, The
As someone who works with vulnerable veterans every day, I’m concerned that amid all the controversial issues sure to arise at his hearing a little-known but highly effective tool for veterans’ well-being will be omitted: civil legal aid.
Tags: Housing: Homelessness | Veterans
Letter to Editor (Massachusetts)

Support civil legal aid program

April 19, 2018 | (Eastern Massachusetts)
When these people encounter noncriminal legal problems like elder abuse or scams, home foreclosure, or the denial of veterans health care benefits, civil legal aid lawyers can help.
Tags: Funding: State & Local
Op-Ed (Tennessee)

Congress should continue loan forgiveness for public-service employees

April 19, 2018 | Tennessean, The
As someone who has experienced the opportunity and positive impact the PSLF program creates first-hand, I can tell you eliminating the program would hurt the most vulnerable Tennesseans. We should work to expand access to public service professions, not restrict it.
Tags: Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Op-Ed (Kansas)

How businesses can help Kansas’ pro bono lawyer problem

April 17, 2018 | Kansas City Star
We encourage the Kansas Board of Law Examiners to recommend this rule change to the state Supreme Court, to answer the call of the underserved across Kansas, and to remove barriers to opportunity for all.
Tags: Justice for All | Pro Bono
Op-Ed (Virginia)

Whitfield: Poor and Locked Out of Our Civil Justice System

April 15, 2018 | News and Advance
Only by attacking this problem from all angles will we be able to make the promise of “Justice for All” a reality for low-income Virginians.
Tags: Courts | Funding: State & Local | Unrepresented litigants
Letter to Editor (Massachusetts)

Civil legal aid funding is a bargain in its rescued lives

April 5, 2018 | Telegram & Gazette (Worchester, MA)
Simply put, equal justice under law should not be a privilege based on how much money you make. We hope that lawmakers continue to support civil legal aid.
Tags: Funding: State & Local
Op-Ed (New Jersey)

Tenants should have the right to legal representation before eviction

April 3, 2018 |
Our State's courts have become inundated with eviction actions, as tenants struggle to make ends meet.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction