Rep. Susan Brooks helps put spotlight on civil legal aid

Civil legal aid providers got a boost Tuesday with the announcement of the formation of a Civil Legal Services Caucus in the U.S. Congress.

News Story (Indiana)

Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Lawyer
December 2, 2015

Tags: Access to Justice, Justice for All

Organizations mentioned/involved: Indiana Legal Services (ILS)


ndiana Rep. Susan Brooks has joined Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III in launching the group which will focus on expanding access to legal representation for low-income families. The caucus will bring together House members who have a shared interest in and want to advocate for civil legal aid.

In making the announcement, Brooks, a former prosecutor, noted many indigent families, veterans and domestic violence victims are often forced to navigate the judicial system alone because they cannot afford a lawyer. They can then face enormous burdens in court and bring a result that devastates families and puts them at greater risk to descend further into poverty.

“This caucus will seek to change that, making sure that when civil disputes are brought to our judicial system, those involved, regardless of financial means, have access to appropriate legal resources and representation,” Brooks, an Indianapolis Republican, said in a statement.