Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid

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News Story (Pennsylvania)

City Council passes bill right to counsel bill for low-income tenants

November 14, 2019 | Philadelphia Tribune
Philadelphia City Council passed legislation for taxpayers to pay the legal bills of low-income tenants who are facing eviction on Thursday, sending the bill to Mayor Jim Kenney.
Tags: Housing: Right to Counsel
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Philly Council passes Right to Counsel, giving free legal representation to tenants who are evicted

November 14, 2019 | Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed a bill Thursday that will provide free legal representation to low-income tenants facing eviction, all but cementing Philadelphia on a list of cities that have strengthened renters’ rights amid what many say is a growing national eviction problem.
Tags: Housing: Right to Counsel
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Philly Council votes unanimously to provide free lawyers for tenants facing eviction

November 14, 2019 | WHYY (PA)
Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed a bill Thursday that will provide lawyers to low-income tenants facing eviction in the city.
Tags: Housing: Right to Counsel
News Story, Video (New York)

Bronx legal clinic for women veterans in jeopardy of closing due to funding

November 13, 2019 | News 12 the Bronx
Samantha Kubek, with the NY Legal Assistance, established the legal clinic, the nation's first for women veterans at VA hospital.
Tags: Veterans
Audio (NATIONAL)

Law and Disorder: Climate Change in the Courts

October 18, 2019 | Climate One
The increase in weather-driven disasters over the past few years has given rise to a whole new branch of legalese, known as “Disaster Law.” Laura Tuggle of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services helps disaster survivors navigate the muddy waters of federal relief, insurance claims and inheritance rights.
Tags: Natural Disasters
Op-Ed (Pennsylvania)

Philly has eviction problem. Right to counsel legislation could help solve it.

October 17, 2019 | Philadelphia Inquirer
Those most affected by evictions in Philadelphia are most likely to be our city’s most vulnerable populations: black women with children, older people and those raising grandchildren, veterans, people with disabilities, and low-income households.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Right to Counsel
Op-Ed (Massachusetts)

Online self-help center would level legal playing field

October 8, 2019 | MassLive
By developing an online self-help center, Massachusetts has the opportunity to make our civil courts fairer for people forced to represent themselves.
Tags: Pro Se/Self-Help
News Story (Massachusetts)

Could Virtual Aid Improve Court Access For The Lawyerless?

October 6, 2019 | Law360
With approximately half of all civil litigants walking into Massachusetts courtrooms without attorneys to provide counsel, a large percentage are potentially exposing themselves to negative legal outcomes as they contend with quotidian matters such as debt, divorces or rent disputes, a nonprofit’s recent study contends.
Tags: Pro Se/Self-Help | Technology
Feature (Puerto Rico)

Hurricane Maria, 2 Years Later: ‘We Want Another Puerto Rico’

September 20, 2019 | New York Times (NYT)
Manuel Rivera Rodríguez, a legal aid attorney, said his clients were still scrambling for property title documents and appealing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for reconstruction help.
Tags: Natural Disasters
News Story (NATIONAL)

CFPB Summoning Zombie Debt Back to Life

September 18, 2019 | American Prospect, The
The consumer agency is finalizing new rules on debt collectors that would enable them to get judgments on illegitimate debts.
Tags: Debt Collection
Op-Ed (NATIONAL)

A cancer survivor paid an old debt, but collectors garnished her wages anyway. It’s part of a disturbing trend that’s about to get worse.

September 6, 2019 | Business Insider
A few large debt-buying corporations overload our civil courts against powerless defendants who can't afford the legal help to defend themselves.
Tags: Debt Collection
News Story (Mississippi)

Undocumented Workers Provide Employers With Little Risk, Large Reward

August 16, 2019 | Newsweek
The campaign against undocumented laborers escalated to its most severe crackdown in over a decade when federal agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided five poultry processing facilities in Mississippi last week, sweeping up 680 people on suspicion of unlawful status.
Tags: Immigration
News Story (Mississippi)

Families Affected By Mississippi ICE Raids Scramble To Find Support

August 13, 2019 | WAMU (DC)
The Mississippi ICE raids swept up nearly 700 undocumented workers from several food processing plants last week.
Tags: ICE Raids
News Story (Mississippi)

Groups to sue Trump administration over rule making it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens

August 12, 2019 | CNBC
Approximately 380 workers remained in federal custody at three different Immigration and Customs Enforcement processing centers in Louisiana and Mississippi after the raids Wednesday. The three centers are Pine Prairie, LaSalle and Adams County, said ICE spokesman Bryan Cox. About 300 had been released, many of them parents, after video circulated of children left in tears because no one was there to pick them up after school.
Tags: ICE Raids
Audio (NATIONAL)

Advocates Scramble To Help Mississippi Families Caught Up In ICE Raids

August 12, 2019 | National Public Radio (NPR)
AMELIA MCGOWAN: Many of these cases are going to be very long. They might take years to finish. And so we want to make sure that we have a sustainable network in place to really support people through the entire process.
Tags: ICE Raids
News Story (NATIONAL)

DOJ Pressed To Explain Legal Aid Cut For Trafficking Victims

August 11, 2019 | Law360
The change generated an uproar from survivors, advocates, service-providers, local prosecutors and the American Bar Association, all of whom raised concerns that it would prevent access to legal services for people who need it most.
Tags: Human Trafficking
News Story (Mississippi)

‘Jails in every sense’: After ICE raid, what’s next for those detained?

August 10, 2019 | Mississippi Clarion-Ledger
After U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's largest immigration raid in at least a decade, those 680 people initially detained at poultry plants in Mississippi Wednesday are facing an uncertain future.
Tags: Immigration
News Story (Mississippi)

How To Help The Families Impacted By The Massive Mississippi ICE Raid

August 9, 2019 | Refinery29
On Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided multiple food processing plants in Mississippi, arresting and detaining 680 people, in the largest workplace sting in a decade.
Tags: Immigration
Op-Ed (NATIONAL, Ohio)

Confronting Domestic Abuse: How Legal Aid Provided a Lifeline When I Needed It

August 9, 2019 | Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
I think it’s important for people to know that I was extremely fortunate. Many women don’t get the chance I got. One of the biggest hurdles to ending a situation like mine is getting legal help to end it.
Tags: Domestic Violence
News Story (Mississippi)

‘How as a Community Can We Move Forward?’ Uncertainty Lingers After Mississippi ICE Raids

August 9, 2019 | Time
Immigration attorney Amelia McGowan says she didn’t know the severity of Wednesday’s raids when she received her first call from a client who said relatives hadn’t come home from work.
Tags: ICE Raids
News Story (Mississippi, NATIONAL)

How To Help The Families Impacted By The Massive Mississippi ICE Raid

August 9, 2019 | Refinery29
The Mississippi Center for Justice is looking for people to provide legal assistance to the hundreds of immigrants impacted by the ICE raids. Fill out this Google Form if you are licensed attorney interested in helping out. You can also donate to their fundraiser on Facebook.
Tags: ICE Raids
News Story (Mississippi)

U.S. defends secretive Mississippi ICE raids as local, state officials decry effect on children

August 8, 2019 | Washington Post
Amelia McGowan, an attorney for the Mississippi Center for Justice, said she believes the state was targeted because “there is very little legal support” for immigrant communities there.
Tags: ICE Raids
News Story (Mississippi)

“Constant fear” persists after massive Mississippi raids on undocumented workers

August 8, 2019 | CBS News
In what officials touted as the largest single-state immigration enforcement sweep in U.S. history, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents rounded up nearly 700 undocumented immigrants at seven food processing plants in Mississippi on Wednesday.
Tags: ICE Raids
News Story (Mississippi)

300 Migrants Released on Humanitarian Grounds After Mississippi Raids

August 8, 2019 | Voice of America (VOA)
Hundreds of immigrant workers detained in Mississippi were released Thursday, a day after federal agents arrested 680 undocumented migrants in raids on food-processing plants, the largest such operation in the United States in 10 years.
Tags: Immigration
Op-Ed (NATIONAL)

Justice Ain’t Much if You Can’t Afford It. America Needs to Overhaul Its Civil Law

July 18, 2019 | Newsweek
There is a crisis in this country's civil justice system, but with new resolve and investment in systemic reforms and civil legal aid, we can achieve Fannie Lou Hamer's vision of a civil justice system that fulfills America's promise of justice for all.
Tags: Civil Justice Reform
News Story (NATIONAL)

Torch, radio…house deeds? U.S. readies for hurricane season

July 17, 2019 | Reuters News Service
Torch, radio, whistle - all standard fare in a storm survival kit. Now Americans at risk of hurricane damage are being urged to grab their house deeds and check they are valid, too.
Tags: Natural Disasters
News Story (Ohio)

A housing lifeline for low-income residents

July 7, 2019 | Crain’s Cleveland Business
What you may not learn on television is that when it comes to civil cases, including housing and eviction disputes, there is no right to counsel in a system that favors landlords.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Right to Counsel
Op-Ed (NATIONAL)

Top Amazon Lawyer: ‘Justice for All’ Requires More Funding and Innovation

June 18, 2019 | Fortune
The private and public sectors need to work together to fix the broken civil justice system and ensure justice for all.
Tags: LSC Funding
News Story (Ohio)

Study Shows Lasting Impact of Legal Aid Services in Northeast Ohio

June 17, 2019 | WKSU (Kent, OH)
A new study released today looks at the lasting effect of legal aid services in certain Northeast Ohio counties.
Tags: Access to Justice | Reports
Letter to Editor (NATIONAL)

We need more lawyers

June 16, 2019 | Washington Post
Perhaps corporations need fewer legal services, but meanwhile, most Americans — and especially those struggling to make ends meet — can’t get the legal help they need to address serious life challenges.
Tags: Law Schools