The Fight for Civil Legal Aid

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.

Feature (Washington)

Natalie Breymeyer
Klipsun Magazine
May 27, 2018

Tags: Funding: Federal, Funding: State & Local

Organizations mentioned/involved: Northwest Justice Project (NJP) (WA), Equal Justice Coalition (EJC) (Washington State)


NJP and similar groups are filled with attorneys who, every year, take on thousands of cases and provide legal assistance to community members who cannot afford it on their own. At the same time, they are toeing the threat of losing the very funding that keeps their organizations afloat.

As uncertainty wanes on a federal front in terms of civil legal aid, the staff members at NJP, LAW Advocates and a multitude of private attorneys who volunteer their services are not intimidated by this threat. They are consumed by another problem: the people who need their help.