Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


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

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
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

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

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
News Story (Ohio)

Legal Aid ‘securing stability’ for low-income clients, report shows

June 16, 2019 | Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
The report, the first of its kind measuring the impact of civil legal services, bolsters anecdotal evidence that removing even a single legal obstacle can be transformational for a client, Steven McGarrity, executive director of Community Legal Aid, said.
Tags: Access to Justice | Report
News Story (Pennsylvania)

A computer virus has thrown Philadelphia’s court system into chaos

June 11, 2019 | Verge
Since May 21st, a virus has shut down Philadelphia’s online court system, bringing network access to a standstill.
Tags: Technology
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Malware Shut Down Philadelphia Court System For Weeks

June 11, 2019 | Futurism
First, the city of Baltimore was held hostage by cybercriminals. Now it’s Philadelphia’s turn.
Tags: Technology
Feature (Arkansas)

Saving Medicaid Expansion: An Arkansas Nonprofit Legal Aid Story

May 31, 2019 | Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
“Over 18,000 lost coverage just due to the work requirements and another 30,000 lost coverage due to administrative red tape. They lost healthcare that is needed to support their ability to be able to work. Health insurance lets you be healthy.”
Tags: Work Requirements
Op-Ed (Pennsylvania)

Here’s how Pa. can reform its guardianship system to protect our most vulnerable citizens

May 16, 2019 | Pennsylvania Capital-Star
Pennsylvania needs a right to counsel for people facing guardianship proceedings, as well as reforms to protect the health and safety of individuals deemed incapacitated.
Tags: Guardianship
Op-Ed (Pennsylvania)

Pa. needs to reform guardianship system

May 13, 2019 | Philadelphia Inquirer
Pennsylvania needs a right to counsel for people facing guardianship proceedings, as well as reforms to protect the health and safety of individuals deemed incapacitated.
Tags: Guardianship
Feature (North Carolina)

People With Disabilities Hit Hardest By Storms, Say Advocates

April 30, 2019 | WUNC (Chapel Hill)
In a disaster, children and adults with disabilities are two to four times more likely to be injured or die.
Tags: Disability Rights | Natural Disasters
Editorial (California)

L.A. renters deserve a ‘right to counsel’ for evictions

April 23, 2019 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
Here’s one way to help ease Los Angeles’ homeless crisis: Give poor, vulnerable tenants lawyers to help them fight unjust evictions. Why? Because it’s often easier, cheaper and more humane to help people stay in their homes than it is to get them back on their feet after they have become homeless.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel
Interview (NATIONAL)

Legal Aid Vet Bergmark Dishes On Rising Up For Civil Justice

April 21, 2019 | Law360
Last month, Voices launched All Rise for Civil Justice, a platform providing stories of people about the people enmeshed in the world of bankruptcy, debt-collection, divorce, tenant-landlord disagreements, child custody battles, benefits challenges and more.
Tags: Access to Justice
Editorial (California)

Better access to legal representation is crucial — even in civil cases

April 20, 2019 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
Providing lawyers to more civil litigants should be a priority — in order to make the justice system as fair as we expect it to be.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel
News Story (California)

Tenant activists want L.A. Mayor Garcetti to put $10 million into ‘right to counsel’

April 11, 2019 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
Tenant activists are urging Los Angeles leaders to make sure that renters facing harassment or eviction can turn to a lawyer for help.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL)

Where in The U.S. Are You Most Likely to Be Audited by the IRS?

April 1, 2019 | ProPublica
The five counties with the highest audit rates are all predominantly African American, rural counties in the Deep South.
Tags: IRS Audits
News Story (New York)

Evictions down in areas where tenants get free lawyers: analysis

March 27, 2019 | Crain’s New York Business
A city program that provides free lawyers to low-income tenants in housing court has helped cut down on evictions, according to a new analysis by advocates for the program.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
Newsletter (New York)

New York Playbook (March 27, 2019)

March 27, 2019 | Politico New York
Evictions declined at a rate more than five times higher in zip codes covered by the Right to Counsel law than in comparable ones.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (New York)

Advocates credit new ‘Right to Counsel’ law with large drop in evictions

March 27, 2019 | 6sqft
The law is currently in effect in 20 New York City zip codes and will be implemented citywide by 2022. According to the report, 60 percent of the people who were able to remain in their homes in 2018 despite eviction proceedings benefited from legal representation under the new law.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction