Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


News Story (Pennsylvania)

New report claims city could save millions by providing lawyers to residents in eviction cases

November 13, 2018 | Philadelphia Weekly
By providing lawyers for people faced with eviction, the City of Philadelphia could save itself tens of millions of dollars in costs, the study said.
Tags: Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL)

Legal Aid Funder Faces Existential Crisis Under Trump

October 28, 2018 | Law360
Following Donald Trump's election to the presidency, the LSC and its grantees face an existential crisis — for the first time since President Ronald Reagan left office, the executive branch has repeatedly called for LSC's elimination.
Tags: Funding: Federal
News Story (Colorado)

Eviction reduction effort set for Adams, Broomfield counties as tenant rights pilot program readies for launch

October 28, 2018 | Denver Post
Escalating home prices, rentals in metro Denver have put the squeeze on tenants.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
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
Interview (Minnesota)

Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota bolsters health of children with on-site attorney

September 7, 2018 | Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
Interview with Brianna Boone, a staff attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services about the medical-legal partnership.
Tags: Medical-Legal Partnerships

How Rising Inequality Has Widened the Justice Gap

August 31, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
Rising inequality has harmed low-income families not only by depriving them of a fair share of society’s income growth, but also in a more specific way: It has stacked the legal system even more heavily against them.
Tags: Access to Justice
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
News Story (NATIONAL)

She Got Asylum After Her Partner Shot Her. Now The U.S. Would Turn Her Away.

June 23, 2018 | Huffington Post
Aracely Martinez Yanez fled Honduras after surviving severe domestic abuse. A new ruling will shut the door on other women like her.
Tags: Asylum | Domestic Violence

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
Feature (Washington)

The Fight for Civil Legal Aid

May 27, 2018 | Klipsun Magazine
Low-income residents find themselves unsure of how to deal with civil cases, but attorneys in Bellingham are dedicated to providing them with legal aid.
Tags: Funding: Federal | Funding: State & Local
Profile (North Carolina)

‘It Does Something to Your Soul When Everyone Losing Their Homes Looks Like You’

May 24, 2018 | Politico
In Durham, a young lawyer raised in public housing teaches elite law students to save poor people from eviction.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (Arkansas)

Arkansas judge orders state to end care-hours setup, sets hearing on whether to hold DHS in contempt

May 22, 2018 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
In a ruling on May 14, Griffen agreed with Jonesboro-based Legal Aid of Arkansas that the department failed to give adequate public notice before it began using the algorithm, which resulted in reductions in hours for many participants.
Tags: Algorithm | Disability Rights | Medicaid
News Story (NATIONAL)

More than 7 million people may have lost driver’s licenses because of traffic debt

May 19, 2018 | Washington Post
The total number nationwide could be much higher based on the population of states that did not or could not provide data.
Tags: Court Debt | Driver's license suspension | Traffic Tickets

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
News Story (NATIONAL)

Should America Give Refuge to Abused Women?

April 17, 2018 | Marshall Project
Trump seems to say, not anymore.
Tags: Asylum | Crime Victims | Deportation
News Story (NATIONAL, Virginia)

In 83 Million Eviction Records, a Sweeping and Intimate New Look at Housing in America

April 7, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
Mr. Desmond’s team found records for nearly 900,000 eviction judgments in 2016, meaning landlords were given the legal right to remove at least one in 50 renter households in the communities covered by this data.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
Interview (Maryland)

Some Americans Are Being Thrown Into Jail For Unpaid Debts

March 15, 2018 | Refinery29
How this tactic has evolved over time, what recourse impacted people have, and the importance of knowing your rights even in the midst of dire financial straits.
Tags: Court Debt | Debtors Prison
News Story (NATIONAL)

Proposed Cuts to Civil Legal Services Will Deny Courtroom Justice to the Poor

March 11, 2018 | Truthout
Last year -- fiscal 2018 -- Trump identified the Legal Services Corporation as one of 19 organizations to be completely eliminated.
Tags: Funding: Federal

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
News Story (Oklahoma)

Oklahoma Commission Looks to Provide Free Legal Help

February 4, 2018 | Oklahoman
A commission created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court is looking at new ways to provide free legal help to the poor in civil cases.
Tags: Access to Justice Commissions

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
News Story (NATIONAL)

People will sign anything: how legal odds are stacked against the evicted

January 24, 2018 | Guardian
Evicted tenants in the US often struggle to get an attorney, leaving them at a disadvantage against lawyered-up landlords.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Connecticut, New York)

Study: Integrating Legal Aid With Medical Care Improves Veterans’ Lives

December 5, 2017 | Hartford Courant
Veterans’ mental health and housing improved when they accessed free legal services in a Veterans Affairs facility, according to a study of veterans in Connecticut and New York City.
Tags: Medical-Legal Partnerships | Veterans
News Story (Idaho)

Can’t afford a lawyer? Perhaps these Concordia Law students can help

November 16, 2017 | Idaho Statesman
This is where the school’s law students provide free legal help to immigrants, including refugees from war-torn countries; and tenants who often are living in pest-infested homes or on the verge of homelessness.
Tags: Justice for All | Law Libraries | Pro Bono

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

Consumer advocates will converge on Congress, but don’t expect GOP to see the light

November 14, 2017 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
More than 100 consumer advocates and lawyers will meet throughout the day with lawmakers and staff members.
Tags: Consumer Protection | Funding: Federal
News Story (NATIONAL, New York)

A New York courtroom gave every detained immigrant a lawyer. The results were staggering.

November 9, 2017 | Vox
And now, a dozen more cities are getting on board.
Tags: Courts | Immigration Process
News Story (California)

Human trafficking survivors get a highly qualified legal advocate

November 3, 2017 | San Diego Union-Tribune
When Jamie Quient first asked how she, a civil litigation attorney, could help victims of human trafficking, a federal prosecutor advised her: We need lawyers.
Tags: Trafficking
News Story (Puerto Rico)

Worry And Confusion As Puerto Ricans Scramble To Apply For FEMA Aid

October 28, 2017 | National Public Radio (NPR)
These are the kinds of legal issues that pop up over and over again and can complicate filling out FEMA's form. Answer one question incorrectly and an applicant's chances of getting the full aid amount could be jeopardized.
Tags: Disaster Recovery | Housing
News Story (NATIONAL)

How Free Legal Help Can Prevent Evictions

October 27, 2017 | Stateline
In much of the country, more and more renters are devoting larger and larger portions of their income to rent. For low-income families, this can push them further into poverty and put them at risk for being evicted — and becoming homeless.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction