By: Kenneth A. Smith, Kelly Thayer, and Kathy Garwold. Published by: Marin Community Foundation. Published on October 14, 2013 Link to PDF Founded in 1982, Canal Alliance’s Immigration Legal Services program (CA-ILS) offers the only affordable, comprehensive immigration legal assistance… Read More ›
Documenting the Justice Gap In America: The Current Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans
Published by: Legal Services Corporation (LSC). Published in September 2005. Link to PDF The report finds that for every client served by an LSC-funded program, at least one person who sought help was turned down because of insufficient resources. Only… Read More ›
Legal Services Corporation of Virginia: Report to the Commonwealth and the General Assembly FY 2008-2009
By: Creator Resource for Great Programs. Published by: Source Legal Services Corporation of Virginia. Published in December 2009. Link to article Link to PDF More than 92,200 low-income Virginians were directly benefited. The civil legal aid programs funded by LSCV… Read More ›
Economic Impacts of Legal Aid: Civil Justice for Low-Income People Creates Ripple Effects That Benefit Every Segment of the Communities We Serve
Civil legal aid produces economic impacts that ripple outward to benefit many other segments of society. Making public officials aware of the scope and impact of these outcomes is a huge opportunity that legal aid leaders are turning to with greater frequency and success. This article presents three case studies from New York state with lessons applicable anywhere.
Quality Legal Services for the Poor and Near Poor Are Possible Through Increased Productivity
This study requested by the Senate Finance Committee, compares on a limited basis the cost of federally supported legal services and the cost of private prepaid legal services.
Poverty Warriors: A Historical Perspective on the Mission of Legal Services
The current push for “access to justice” and “Civil Gideon” strays from that original mission by focusing on individual legal problems that do not target the underlying causes of poverty.
Medical-Legal Partnership: Evolution or Revolution
They examine why so many lawyers–especially those associated with legal aid, law schools, the private bar, and hospital general counsel–are collaborating with health care providers to deliver health-promoting legal services to low-income persons.
Keeping Families Together, Saving Money, and Other Motivations behind New Civil Right to Counsel Laws
Civil right to counsel legislation may be more likely to succeed if it is part of broader legislation aimed at solving a social problem than if it is proposed as a stand-alone bill that lacks the same level of support. Review of laws passed in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, New York, and Texas.
The Justice Gap: Civil Legal Assistance Today and Tomorrow
This report describes the state of civil legal services today and how we got here. It also recommends more funding and better service delivery.
Managing Pro Bono: Doing Well by Doing Better
This article provides the first systematic look at the professionalization of pro bono programs in large firms and the challenges they face in the current economic climate. It draws upon a survey of large-firm pro bono counsel conducted in 2009.