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Katrina: Why Legal Advocates Are Crucial for Victims of Disaster

Chiraag Bains | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics
Chiraag Bains

Ten years after people were left to fend for themselves post-Katrina, we should all agree that inability to pay cannot mean inability to secure justice. Agreement on this principle, however, is not enough.

The Shared DNA of Health and Justice

Ellen Lawton | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Ellen Lawton

We must remember that health does not exist in a vacuum separate from wealth, from the laws we write, from the systems we create to protect our citizens, or from the injustices that exist in each of these things.

When an Attorney Is the Best Medicine

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
New York Legal Assistance Group

Laura, a single mother with breast cancer, no income, and no medical insurance, was over $300,000 in medical debt. While her doctors addressed her cancer, they could do little to help her deal with the devastating financial consequences of her illness.

One Simple Idea That Could Reduce Domestic Violence

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

A report released Tuesday is proposing a simple way to reduce domestic violence: Give victims free lawyers.  Lawyers are expensive, and women wh...

The Justice Gap: Corporate Lawyers Are Making Record Revenues, But Legal Aid Is in Crisis

Susan Beck | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Susan Beck

There's just one legal aid lawyer for every 8,893 low-income Americans who qualify for legal aid. That's how, in a country with one of the highest concentrations of lawyers in the world, poor people often are forced to represent themselves in life-altering legal matters.

Vote for a Visionary

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two and a half years ago, when I announced my intention to give away $1000 a day to an individual change-maker, every day for the rest of my life, people thought I was nuts.

Eleanor Goldberg

Sex Trafficking Victims Usually Can't Escape Prostitution Charges. This Lawyer's Working To Change That

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact

After enduring nearly 15 years of sex trafficking, Nicole managed to escape the life, get sober and earn her bachelor’s degree. But she couldn’...

Christopher Mathias

Judge Denies Request To Release Eric Garner Grand Jury Records

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 03.19.2015 | Black Voices

A Staten Island judge has denied a request to release records from the grand jury investigation into the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man wh...

Chris Christie's Strange Justice

Duncan Hosie | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Chris Christie has a new message: I care about the poor. No, really.

Christopher Mathias

Lawyers March For Release Of Eric Garner Grand Jury Records

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 01.16.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Eric Garner’s mother and daughter stood outside the 120th Precinct in Staten Island on Thursday before a crowd of over 100 people. E...

Free and Low-Cost Legal Services that Help Seniors in Need

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.19.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are actually a number of free and low-cost legal resources available today to help seniors, but what's available to you and your husband will depend on where you live, the type legal assistance you need and your financial situation. Here are several resources to check into.

We Can Prevent, Not Just Treat, Homelessness Among Veterans

Ellen Lawton | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Ellen Lawton

There are many problems our nation's veterans face as a result of serving our country that we must be prepared to treat when they return home. But homelessness should not be one of them; it is something that should never happen in the first place.

Celebrating Pro Bono Month

Lonnie A. Powers | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Lonnie A. Powers

Voluntary service to people in need is a deep tradition of the legal profession. Here in Massachusetts, it is clear that equal access to justice has come to depend on the pro bono services of attorneys.

Dual Journey: Musings of an Artist-Advocate Leaving Detroit

Aisa Villarosa | Posted 11.24.2014 | Detroit
Aisa Villarosa

As excited as I am for undiscovered possibilities in Oakland, I feel tremendous guilt and sadness leaving Detroit. For the past six years, I have had a (small) hand in creating positive change within the city, while reaping the benefits of that change as a resident.

Boehner's Constitution Of Convenience

Duncan Hosie | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Ironically, Speaker Boehner resorted to the American justice system to sue President Obama, the very system he has worked relentlessly to underfund for indigents. Instead of suing Obama, he should start fixing the system he and his colleagues broke.

A Visit to the Patients' Lawyer Can Reduce Stress

Ellen Lawton | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen Lawton

We cannot ask health care providers to address all the factors that make people sick, nor is there a fix to every source of stress. But we can recognize the broader impact of illness on a person's life and the outside factors that interfere with their medical care and recovery.

Unsung Heroes of Obamacare's Enrollment Surge

Martha Bergmark | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Martha Bergmark

As this year's enrollment period comes to a close, attention will now turn to the law's impact on health care delivery. But it's worth pausing to take stock of the forces that helped turn enrollment numbers around and expand access to affordable care. They deserve some recognition.

The War on Poverty: 50 Years Later, Do We Have the 'Glands?'

John Bouman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
John Bouman

At this 50th anniversary of the declaration of the War on Poverty, there are signs that if America's leaders take on poverty by name, the country itself may be ready to take large-scale action against poverty.

As 50th Anniversary Approaches, Public Funding of Civil Legal Aid Remains Vital to Justice

Lonnie A. Powers | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Lonnie A. Powers

A well-functioning judiciary and a strong civil legal aid system are vital for ensuring that the most vulnerable Americans have access to justice.

How Our Legal Advocacy Helps a Child, a Family, and the Community

Judith Sandalow | Posted 11.26.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Children's Law Center measures success by looking at the improvements in the lives of each individual child we meet. When we help a child, we see the child's family get stronger as well.

Serious Problems Linger On Anniversary Of Landmark Court Case

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.17.2013 | Crime

WASHINGTON — It is not the happiest of birthdays for the landmark Supreme Court decision that, a half-century ago, guaranteed a lawyer for crimi...

Jason Cherkis

U.S. Promotes 'Slave-Master' Hold On Migrant Workers, Advocates Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Caitlin Berberich, managing attorney with the Southern Migrant Legal Services, a project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, said that when pa...

Zach Carter

One Big Partisan Knife: The Real Story Of Mitt Romney's 'Bipartisan' Massachusetts Budget

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over the past month, Mitt Romney touted similarities between the fiscal mess he inherited as Massachusetts governor and the current U.S....

An Ounce of Prevention for Teen Pregnancy

Judith Sandalow | Posted 09.11.2012 | DC
Judith Sandalow

All parents -- even teen parents -- want to give their children a better life with more opportunity than they had. As a community we should want this for our children as well.

Project Justice Changes the Judicial Game in Rural Uganda

Vivian Glyck | Posted 12.11.2011 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

When 15-year-old Jillian was pressured by her father to marry too young to a much older man, she pushed back. Unlike many young girls in rural Uganda, Jillian knew that she had legal rights.