Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


News Story (Louisiana)

In Louisiana civil courts, the poor are left to defend themselves

March 14, 2019 | Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services – a nonprofit that provides free legal representation in 22 parishes, including Orleans – does what it can to fill the gap and meet the substantial demand, but it does so with limited resources.
Tags: Access to Justice | Funding: State & Local
News Story (Michigan)

Group wants renters to have lawyers in eviction cases

March 12, 2019 | Detroit News
A group of lawyers and business leaders, along with renters like Fite, gathered Tuesday for a one-day conference called "Detroit Eviction Right To Counsel Summit" to push a proposal to guarantee a lawyer for all poor renters facing eviction in Detroit.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
Feature (NATIONAL)

The Four Ideas That Could Define Housing Policy in 2019

February 14, 2019 | Huffington Post
After years of inaction, states and cities are taking aggressive steps to protect renters and bring costs down.
Tags: Housing
Interview, Profile (NATIONAL)

Everyone Needs Legal Help. That Doesn’t Mean Everyone Needs a Lawyer.

February 13, 2019 | New York Times (NYT)
Rebecca Sandefur, a sociologist and researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, believes America needs a new model for handling everyday legal issues.
Tags: Access to Justice
Op-Ed (Maryland, NATIONAL)

In touting First Step at SOTU, Trump forgot about hidden obstacles to success

February 12, 2019 | USA Today
What former inmates need most is help once they re-enter society. Where's the mandate providing legal services, job security for those released early?
Tags: Expungement / Record Sealing | Reentry
Op-Ed (New Hampshire)

We must give domestic violence survivors the legal aid they need

February 10, 2019 | Concord Monitor (NH)
The root causes of domestic violence are complex, and there is no single policy or program that can prevent it. But there is one critical step our state can take to improve the lives of survivors: We can ensure they have access to legal help, regardless of their ability to pay.
Tags: Domestic Violence
Op-Ed (Pennsylvania)

We have a tool to fix Philly’s eviction crisis

February 8, 2019 | Philadelphia Inquirer
One of the most effective solutions for preventing eviction and housing instability is already in effect around the country: civil legal aid.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Missouri, Tennessee)

Medicaid rolls fall in Missouri, Tennessee, worrying advocates for poor

February 7, 2019 | Kaiser Health News (KHN)
Social workers worry that the states’ efforts to weed out improperly enrolled residents has led to wrongful terminations.
Tags: Health Care | Medicaid
News Story (Pennsylvania)

City gets behind ‘good cause’ eviction law, but with some reservations about next steps

January 22, 2019 | WHYY (PA)
The group’s next legislative goal is to win funding for a “right to counsel,” which would guarantee that every low-income renter who ends up in eviction court can receive legal representation.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
Feature (New York)

As DIY Litigants Crowd The Docket, Courts Step In To Help

January 6, 2019 | Law360
While they remain rare for now, clinics like the one in the Eastern District of New York appear to be catching on in federal court as a way to aid self-represented litigants, for whom putting together a legally coherent complaint can be an insurmountable barrier.
Tags: Courts | Pro Se/Self-Help
News Story (NATIONAL)

Who’s More Likely to Be Audited: A Person Making $20,000 — or $400,000?

December 12, 2018 | ProPublica
If you claim the earned income tax credit, whose average recipient makes less than $20,000 a year, you’re more likely to face IRS scrutiny than someone making twenty times as much. How a benefit for the working poor was turned against them.
Tags: Tax Relief

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
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