Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


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 (North Carolina)

Hurricane Florence evacuees with disabilities endured unsafe, ‘disrespectful’ conditions, report says

February 5, 2019 | News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
The state set up a special medical shelter in an old building during Hurricane Florence in a section of Goldsboro at risk for flooding, a new report says.
Tags: Disaster Recovery
Column (Massachusetts)

A Simple Step To Greater Justice

January 19, 2019 | Boston Globe
Making the justice system more just isn’t always about tectonic shifts. Sometimes, small changes can make a big difference.
Tags: Access to Justice | Courts
News Story (Ohio)

Columbus Boosts Eviction Protections For Renters

January 7, 2019 | Associated Press (AP)
The updated law, which was approved earlier this month, takes effect in January.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (Montana)

U.S. to Investigate Discrimination Against Native Students on Montana Reservation

January 4, 2019 | New York Times (NYT) , ProPublica
In a Dec. 28 letter, sent hours after The New York Times and ProPublica published an investigation into racial inequities in the district, the department’s Office for Civil Rights notified the lawyer representing the tribal executive board.
Tags: Education
Investigative (Montana)

‘I Feel Invisible’: Native Students Languish in Public Schools

December 28, 2018 | New York Times (NYT) , ProPublica
At Wolf Point High School in rural Montana, Native American students face the same neglect Native students across the U.S. do as they navigate a school system that has failed American Indians.
Tags: Education
News Story (Ohio)

Columbus pushes back on retaliatory evictions with stronger protections for tenants

December 12, 2018 | Columbus Business First
City Council voted Monday night to amend city codes to better address so-called "retaliatory" evictions – when a landlord files an eviction notice against a tenant as retribution for complaints about the condition of their housing.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
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 (New York) is introducing a service for suing your landlord

December 10, 2018 | amNewYork
The nonprofit's Tenant App focuses on compelling owners to make repairs in rent-regulated units.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Philadelphia Could Be Next To Provide Lawyers For Low-Income Tenants

December 5, 2018 | CityLab
A new report shows that by investing in representation for low-income tenants facing eviction, the city could save more than $45 million.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (New York)

Bad Landlord? These Coders Are Here to Help

December 4, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
Mr. Kass, now 28, is part of a new crop of hackers building easy-to-use, data-driven tools to empower tenants and take on notoriously bad landlords.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant | Technology
News Story (Massachusetts)

Courts Turn To Cellphone Bans Despite Access Concerns

December 2, 2018 | Law360
Such is the conundrum for litigants without lawyers in 56 Massachusetts trial court facilities with active cellphone bans, according to research published in July by the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law & Justice.
Tags: Access to Justice | Courts

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
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Hire More Lawyers. Save More Money

November 28, 2018 | Philadelphia Citizen
You wouldn’t expect that hiring a bunch more lawyers could actually help a city save money, but that’s exactly what a new report on Philadelphia’s intractable eviction crisis concluded.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Ohio)

Tenant Advocacy Project helps Franklin County residents stay in their homes, according to new study

November 27, 2018 | Columbus Dispatch
The study found that tenants who received help from the Tenant Advocacy Project were able to stay in their home 240 percent more often than those who were not helped by the organization.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (Ohio)

Study: Local Program Helping Renters Avoid Eviction

November 27, 2018 | WCBE (Columbus)
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus says its Tenant Advocacy Project created last year helped people stay in their homes 240 percent more often than those who were not assited by the program.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
Audio, News Story (Ohio)

Columbus Tenant Advocacy Pilot Shows Strong Results

November 26, 2018 | WOSU (Columbus, OH)
A new program assisting Columbus residents facing evictions has released a report on its first six months of work.
Tags: Housing: Eviction

Eviction Representation: A Critical Component of Housing Justice

November 26, 2018 | Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
The costs and benefits of eviction representation are the focus of a new study of universal representation in Philadelphia.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
Column (Arkansas)

Are work requirements inherently, irredeemably flawed?

November 21, 2018 | Washington Post
Arkansas’s first-in-the-country, first-in-history Medicaid work requirements have been backfiring. Nonetheless, 13 other states are pursuing similar policies.
Tags: Medicaid | Work Requirements
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Can Paying for the Poor to Have Lawyers Actually Save a City Money?

November 19, 2018 | Governing
Lawyers in Philadelphia think so. They want the city, which is suffering from an eviction crisis, to spend more on helping people fight landlords in court.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
Feature, Video (Arkansas)

With new work requirement, thousands lose Medicaid coverage in Arkansas

November 19, 2018 | PBS News Hour
A major initiative of the Trump administration has been adding work requirements to benefit programs for the poor, now including Medicaid. This year, Arkansas became the first state to roll out the requirement.
Tags: Medicaid | Work Requirements
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Philly Sees New Push To Provide Attys For Poor Tenants

November 18, 2018 | Law360
According to a report commissioned by the Philadelphia Bar Association and released last week, residents of the poorest major city in the country are evicted at a rate 150 percent higher than the national average.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL)

Legal Technicians Step In To Fight Justice Gap

November 18, 2018 | Law360
Such programs are part of a broader movement attempting to reckon with "a spectrum of legal needs" that may not require an attorney, said David S. Udell.
Tags: Access to Justice | Limited License Legal Technician
Feature (NATIONAL)

When schools use child protective services as a weapon against parents

November 17, 2018 | Hechinger Report
Many school employees are legally obligated to report any suspicion of child abuse and neglect, but sometimes that authority is misused.
Tags: Foster Youth
News Story (Pennsylvania)

What Philadephia Could Gain from Expanding Legal Aid for Tenants

November 14, 2018 |
Since the beginning of 2018, the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project has assisted close to 800 tenants who were facing eviction in the city.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Report finds financial returns on funding lawyers for tenants threatened with eviction

November 13, 2018 | KYW (local CBS, Philadelphia)
Evictions rates are high across the country but Philadelphia's is 1.5 times the national average. The Philadelphia Bar Association has a proposal they think will help and save the city some money.
Tags: Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Pennsylvania)

City could save $45M with tenant legal help

November 13, 2018 | Philadelphia Tribune
On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Bar Association released the year-long study, “Economic Return on Investment for Providing Counsel in Philadelphia Eviction Cases for Low-Income Tenants,” which was completed by Chicago-based Stout Risius Ross LLC.
Tags: Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
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