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.
Wisconsin Judicare: A Preliminary Appraisal
By: Samuel J. Brakel. Published by: American Bar Foundation (ABF). Published in January 1972. Link to PDF Judicare is a program which provides free legal services for the poor who qualify for enrollment. Each enrollee receives a card which can… Read More ›
Judicare: Public Funds, Private Lawyers and Poor People
This book reviews the history of judicare, how judicare can be used to help the poor, substantive issues in judicare, types of lawyers, and conclusions about how best to reach clients.
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.
Two Nationwide Surveys: 1989 Pilot Assessments of the Unmet Legal Needs of the Poor and the Public Generally
Published by: ABA Consortium on Legal Services and the Public. Published in January 1989. Link to PDF The Spangenburg Group study was the first-ever national study of the civil legal needs of low income persons. The study by the American… Read More ›
A Short History of Poverty Lawyers in the United States
This article uses the label “poverty lawyer” to include all lawyers, at any time, who have focused on using law, the legal system, and other methods of advocacy, to try to change political and social institutions in ways that ensure every person has her basic needs met for shelter, food, clothing, and, if able, work. A poverty lawyer primarily focuses on issues of wealth and class.
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.