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Meeting The Civil Legal Needs Of LGBT People

Lonnie A. Powers | Posted 10.17.2016 | Impact
Lonnie A. Powers

By ensuring that the most vulnerable members of an already vulnerable community have the legal representation they need and deserve, civil legal aid organizations play a vital role in advancing LGBT rights.

Want Justice? Don't Be Shy--Grab the Spotlight

Lonnie A. Powers | Posted 09.23.2016 | Impact
Lonnie A. Powers

Civil legal aid organizations are in the business of advancing one of the biggest, boldest ideas ever conceived in our nation's history: justice for all. It's an idea with roots in our country's founding principle that we are all equal participants in our society and thus deserving of equal rights, opportunities, and the protections of the law.

Dispatch From Tunisia: The (Early) Right To A Lawyer

Kumar Rao | Posted 09.13.2016 | World
Kumar Rao

Legal advocacy for the vulnerable is absolutely critical to protecting human rights and accessing justice. In Tunisia, many of the accused have been in custody for days or even weeks before they are appointed a lawyer.

The Civil Legal Aid Community Needs its Own Affordable Care Act

Ellen Lawton | Posted 05.20.2016 | Impact
Ellen Lawton

Indeed, to move toward prevention, we in the civil legal aid community need our own version of the ACA. We need the incentive to change and the resources to develop the roadmap for that change.

How to Save a Life in the Time It Takes to Watch the Super Bowl

Stephanie Rector | Posted 02.07.2017 | Women
Stephanie Rector

Not all of us are lucky enough to breathe freely during the holidays, on Super Bowl Sunday, and every other day of the year. The victims of domestic violence in communities across the U.S. deserve legal assistance so that to ensure they are safe and secure.

Time for Drug Treatment Courts to Come Clean

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

Drug treatment courts are a feel good innovation for advocates of criminal justice reform that is misleading the public into believing that judges are wiser than doctors concerning the treatment of those with substance use disorder.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman's Enduring Legacy

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 12.17.2016 | New York
New York Legal Assistance Group

As the year draws to a close, so too does the tenure of New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. Since his appointment in 2009, the Chief Judge has inspired us with his pursuit of justice for every New Yorker.

Presidential Memorandum Draws Link Between Civil Legal Aid and Social Conditions of Health

Ellen Lawton | Posted 11.30.2016 | Impact
Ellen Lawton

Co-authored by Joel Teitelbaum, JD, LLM, Associate Professor of Health Policy and of Law, The George Washington University In the U.S., individuals d...

Is Preventing Injustice Possible?

Ellen Lawton | Posted 10.05.2016 | Impact
Ellen Lawton

Whatever you may think about how we pay for health care, everyone can agree that staying out of the emergency room is a good thing. Maintaining good health through access to primary care and healthy policies is better not only for individuals, but also for health care's bottom line.

Help for Corinthian Victims in California Governor's Hands

Robert Shireman | Posted 09.24.2016 | Business
Robert Shireman

Governor Brown could bring some additional help to Corinthian victims if, by October 11, he signs a bill currently on his desk.

Katrina: Why Legal Advocates Are Crucial for Victims of Disaster

Chiraag Bains | Posted 08.31.2016 | 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 08.24.2016 | 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 08.14.2016 | 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 01.18.2016 | Politics

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

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

Susan Beck | Posted 07.07.2016 | 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 06.13.2016 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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.