Voices for Civil Justice

Voices for Civil Justice A communications hub raising awareness of the vital role of civil legal aid in the U.S. justice system. Voices for Civil Justice is a communications hub raising awareness of the vital role of civil legal aid in America's justice system.
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Mission: Voices for Civil Justice is a communications hub advancing fairness in America’s legal system. We raise awareness in the media of the vital role of civil legal aid in helping people protect their livelihoods, their health and their families. Civil legal aid levels the playing field by providing legal assistance and representation, self-help centers, and access to information and forms so people can know their rights. It fulfills our nation’s fundamental promise of justice for all – not just for the few who can afford it.

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Day 1 of the Centers for Disease Control-declared national moratorium on evictions and landlords are already defying it....
09/05/2020
Houston woman says CDC moratorium didn't stop notice to vacate

Day 1 of the Centers for Disease Control-declared national moratorium on evictions and landlords are already defying it. A Houston woman says she gave her landlord the required affidavit that she meets the criteria and still received a notice to vacate. Lone Star Legal Aid attorney Juan Santamaria says it's important that renters have proof they gave their landlords the signed CDC affidavit in case they end up in court.

A Houston renter says the CDC's affidavit didn't stop her landlord from issuing a notice to vacate. So what do you do then? Sullivan's Smart Sense shares some options.

Eviction is a legal emergency. People facing the loss of their home, especially during this pandemic, should have legal ...
08/30/2020
Opinion | The Rent Eats First, Even During a Pandemic

Eviction is a legal emergency. People facing the loss of their home, especially during this pandemic, should have legal help to fight against wrongful eviction. It is also a medical emergency. At the beginning of August, 26 medical associations signed a letter urging Congress to provide housing resources to renting families, recognizing the housing crisis to be a health crisis.

Threatening to turn families out of their homes during the coronavirus fight isn’t just morally suspect; it’s dangerous.

08/26/2020
Lone Star Legal Aid

Are you in the path of Hurricane Laura? There are steps you can take in advance, whether evacuating or not, to protect yourself from legal issues that could arise from the disaster, including related to flood insurance, FEMA applications, and proof of property ownership. This information begins in English in the video at 8 minutes, 20 seconds, and is immediately repeated in Spanish.

Big thanks to Lone Star Legal Aid for sharing this information.

Welcome to our live chat about hurricane preparedness. This will be translated into Spanish simultaneously. If you have questions, please submit them in the comments below.

"The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them." Voices is proud that our online "meeting room" at thi...
07/17/2020

"The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them." Voices is proud that our online "meeting room" at this week's MIE National Legal Aid Fundraising Conference 2020 & Voices for Civil Justice Media Training is named for trailblazing journalist, anti-lynching crusader, and women's rights activist Ida B. Wells. Happy Birthday, and thank you for inspiring us, Ms. Wells.

"The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them," famously declared the trailblazing journalist, anti-lynching crusader, and women's rights activist Ida B. Wells, who was born on this day in 1862. Wells was born into slavery in Mississippi and freed at one year of age by President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Politically active from a young age, in one famous instance as a young woman in Memphis, she was ordered to give up her seat on a train to a white man and move to the smoking or "Jim Crow" car. Wells refused and was forcefully dragged from the train. She then took the unheard of action of hiring an attorney and suing the railroad; she won her case in the local court though the Tennessee Supreme Court eventually overturned it. This experience further ignited her desire to work against the injustices faced by women and people of color.

Wells became a well-known journalist and, after three friends were lynched by a mob, she launched a global anti-lynching campaign to raise awareness of the social injustice. She was one of only two African American women to sign "the call" to form the NAACP in 1909. She also worked tirelessly throughout this period for women's suffrage, including closely with suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony who once fired a stenographer who refused to take dictation from Wells due to her race. In the final years of her life, Wells became disenchanted with the nominees to the state legislature so, in 1930, she ran for the Illinois State Legislature, becoming one of the first black women to run for public office in the United States.

Ida B. Wells' extensive writing on civil rights and women's rights have been collected in the volume "The Light of Truth" at https://amzn.to/2lDgeUn

For several books about this trailblazer for young readers, we highly recommend "Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told" for ages 7 to 11 at (https://www.amightygirl.com/ida-b-wells-let-the-truth-be-told), "Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells" for ages 7 to 9 at (https://www.amightygirl.com/yours-for-justice), and "Who Was Ida B. Wells?" for ages 8 to 12 (https://www.amightygirl.com/who-was-ida-b-wells)

For adult readers, we recommend the two excellent biographies "To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells" (https://www.amightygirl.com/to-tell-the-truth-freely) and "Ida: A Sword Among Lions" (https://www.amightygirl.com/a-sword-among-lions)

Wells is among the 40 pioneering black women featured in the illustrated biography, "Little Leaders," for ages 7 to 10 at https://www.amightygirl.com/little-leaders

And, to introduce children and teens to more real-life girls and women who fought for equal rights, visit our blog post on "50 Inspiring Books on Girls & Women of the Civil Rights Movement" at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11177

Our civil justice system must work for everyone, or it works for no one. This incredibly powerful video story by @Law360...
07/13/2020
Facing Eviction In The Time Of Coronavirus - Law360

Our civil justice system must work for everyone, or it works for no one. This incredibly powerful video story by @Law360 shows the impact of evictions on people who've lost their livelihoods due to COVID-19. And now, even with infections surging again, eviction protections in most states and municipalities have expired or soon will.

By the end of this week, courts in 40 states will be accepting eviction lawsuits — often heard remotely due to the pandemic — against people behind on their rent.

Across the country, tenant advocates and housing lawyers are sounding alarms that an increasing number of renters will n...
04/28/2020
Can you pay the rent on May 1? Here's what to do if you can't

Across the country, tenant advocates and housing lawyers are sounding alarms that an increasing number of renters will not be able to pay rent on May 1st. If you can’t pay your rent, this is what civil legal advocates say you should do.

Across the country tenant advocates and housing lawyers are raising alarms that an increasing number of renters will not be able to pay rent on May 1st.

Excellent op-ed by former Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court & Seattle Mariners GC, on role of #CivilLe...
04/15/2020
Coronavirus will overwhelm our civil legal-aid system

Excellent op-ed by former Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court & Seattle Mariners GC, on role of #CivilLegalAid in responding to #COVID19

The current crisis is generating a wave of needs that will overwhelm our legal aid system.

Just as millions more Americans need (& newly qualify for) free #CivilLegalAid, slashed interest rates and the overall f...
04/13/2020
'Not Our Best Days': The Fiscal Crisis Coming For Legal Aid - Law360

Just as millions more Americans need (& newly qualify for) free #CivilLegalAid, slashed interest rates and the overall financial climate are creating a massive funding crisis for providers. Right now "is the absolute worst time possible for a decrease in funding. It just is." #COVID19 National Association of IOLTA Programs (NAIP), Texas Access to Justice Foundation, @Ohio Access to Justice Foundation, Louisiana Bar Foundation, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services - SLLS, Michigan Legal Help, Illinois Legal Aid Online

Civil legal aid attorneys are scrambling to help low-income clients with problems like evictions and unemployment arising from COVID-19, but many of them worry the virus' economic effects are about to take a sizable bite out of their organizations' budgets.

Excellent interview with Community Legal Services of Philadelphia attorney Joan Belfus, sharing options for  when rent a...
04/03/2020
CBS Philly

Excellent interview with Community Legal Services of Philadelphia attorney Joan Belfus, sharing options for when rent and mortgage payments are due and your income is affected by COVID-19. #LegalAid #CivilJustice

Eyewitness News spoke to Joan Belfus, of Community Legal Services, who offered tips and advice for those having financial struggles during these uncertain times.

“We have gone through a lot of big disasters & this will be the biggest yet. The biggest civil legal aid crisis, the big...
03/31/2020
Coronavirus could overwhelm legal help for America’s poor - Roll Call

“We have gone through a lot of big disasters & this will be the biggest yet. The biggest civil legal aid crisis, the biggest economic crisis, the biggest public health crisis, sort of all rolled into one.” – @Southeast Louisiana Legal Services - SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle

Civil legal aid groups face an unprecedented crunch as the nation’s poor take the brunt of the faltering economy and skyrocketing unemployment numbers.

One thing we know for sure is that low-income people usually suffer the most long-lasting consequences of disaster, incl...
03/19/2020
Under Pressure: Legal Aid Attys Brace For Virus's Impacts - Law360

One thing we know for sure is that low-income people usually suffer the most long-lasting consequences of disaster, including significant #civillegal needs. #LegalAid and #ProBono attorneys in every state are already responding and will be in it for the long haul.

As the entire legal industry continues reacting to the spread of COVID-19, the legal aid community is bracing for its expected impact on their services for underserved communities. And in some parts of the country, providers are already weathering the effects.

"Budget Request" sounds dull as dirt, but this document is an amazing resource. It's full of national and state-by-state...
02/11/2020

"Budget Request" sounds dull as dirt, but this document is an amazing resource. It's full of national and state-by-state information and stories on how access to civil legal help makes a difference in the lives of people, especially those struggling to make ends meet. Click the url to check it out, including the info on your state. https://lsc-live.app.box.com/s/k911jrg5s91kwxlb7x3ir6xirnl8f5l0

"Budget Request" sounds dull as dirt, but this document is an amazing resource if you care about fairness in the civil justice system. It's full of state-by-state information and stories on how access to civil legal help makes a difference in the lives of people, especially those struggling to make ends meet. Click the url to check it out, including the info on your state, and use that info to advocate for civil justice reform in your community. https://lsc-live.app.box.com/s/k911jrg5s91kwxlb7x3ir6xirnl8f5l0

Does your community have an Eviction Diversion program? In its first three months Richmond's new Eviction Diversion Prog...
01/17/2020
Dozens of families saved from evictions due to city program

Does your community have an Eviction Diversion program? In its first three months Richmond's new Eviction Diversion Program has helped 76 people stay in their homes. If your community has such a program, the staff here at Voices would love to know about it.

Dozens of families saved from evictions due to city program January 7, 2020 at 8:21 PM EST - Updated January 7 at 8:21 PM Dozens of families saved from evictions due to city program

Is a guaranteed right to counsel in eviction cases on its way to becoming a standard practice? We sure hope so! As Natio...
12/10/2019
Is Tenants’ Right to Counsel On Its Way to Becoming Standard Practice?

Is a guaranteed right to counsel in eviction cases on its way to becoming a standard practice? We sure hope so! As National Coalition for Civil Right to Counsel director John Pollock says, “Five cities in three years is nothing short of miraculous, when you consider there wasn’t a single one before New York. What we’re talking about now is not just isolated incidents — this is a movement.”

Five cities have adopted the practice.

Today Philadelphia became the 5th city to provide a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction. Here's the first media...
11/14/2019
Philly Council passes Right to Counsel, giving free legal representation to tenants who are evicted

Today Philadelphia became the 5th city to provide a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction. Here's the first media coverage - we will post more tomorrow. Congrats to everyone in Philly who worked hard to make this a reality! https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/right-to-counsel-bill-helen-gym-city-council-tenants-eviction-lawyer-20191114.html

The legislation supplies legal representation to tenants whose annual gross income does not exceed $24,980 for a single person. Mayor Jim Kenney is expected to sign the bill into law.

Predatory debt collection is truly a #CivilJusticeCrisis. This new ProPublica investigation reveals how predatory medica...
10/22/2019
When Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested

Predatory debt collection is truly a #CivilJusticeCrisis. This new ProPublica investigation reveals how predatory medical debt collectors weaponize the courts. The system is so broken that in many states judges don’t need a law degree to preside over cases like these, and courtrooms have become places where government-sanctioned shakedowns are a daily occurrence.

Welcome to Coffeyville, Kansas, where the judge has no law degree, debt collectors get a cut of the bail, and Americans are watching their lives — and liberty — disappear in the pursuit of medical debt collection.

Too often legal experts expect “credible” witnesses to tell linear stories, yet many survivors don’t remember traumatic ...
10/04/2019
All Rise for Civil Justice

Too often legal experts expect “credible” witnesses to tell linear stories, yet many survivors don’t remember traumatic events in that way. If a regular memory plays like a movie, traumatic memories, like domestic violence and sexual assault, play like a highlight reel of thoughts, sounds, feelings, as told through sensory details like sounds and smells. Ordinary details like dates and time likely don’t matter to one’s survival—so it’s not remembered, yet it’s the information our legal system seeks and relies on to assess someone’s credibility.

Check out the campaign website to learn more.

In conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, New York Legal Assistance Group - NYLAG launched an important new campaign, #IamCREDIBLE, to ensure that DV survivors are treated fairly by the #CivilJusticeSystem every day, all year long.

Why? Because too often legal experts expect “credible” witnesses to tell linear stories, yet many survivors don’t remember traumatic events in that way. If a regular memory plays like a movie, traumatic memories, like domestic violence and sexual assault, play like a highlight reel of thoughts, sounds, feelings, as told through sensory details like sounds and smells. Ordinary details like dates and time likely don’t matter to one’s survival—so it’s not remembered, yet it’s the information our legal system seeks and relies on to assess someone’s credibility.

Check out the campaign website to learn more.

A cancer survivor paid an old debt, but collectors garnished her wages anyway. It’s part of a disturbing trend that’s ab...
09/19/2019
A cancer survivor paid an old debt, but collectors garnished her wages anyway. It's part of a disturbing trend that's about to get worse.

A cancer survivor paid an old debt, but collectors garnished her wages anyway. It’s part of a disturbing trend that’s about to get worse. Consumers who are dunned or sued on a debt need legal representation, yet current funding levels for civil legal aid fail to address the unmet legal needs of many. #CivilJusticeSolutions All Rise for Civil Justice

Debt collectors are hounding thousands of Americans for debts they no longer owe. A new rule from the federal government will do nothing to stop this.

No one should lose their house, their health care, or their child because they cannot pay for civil legal help. It is ti...
09/16/2019
Civil Justice Needs Federal Leadership - Center for American Progress

No one should lose their house, their health care, or their child because they cannot pay for civil legal help. It is time to fix the nation’s civil justice system so that it works for everyone, not just those who can afford to hire private lawyers. This new issue brief highlights the role the federal government, and U.S. presidents, can play in reforming America's civil justice system. #AllRiseforCivilJustice

The United States needs federal leadership to ensure that it has a civil justice system that works for all Americans.

All Rise for Civil Justice
08/01/2019
All Rise for Civil Justice

All Rise for Civil Justice

Did you know access to civil legal help is part of the fight against lead poisoning? Read about the outdated – and ultimately updated – HUD rule that was trapping families in lead contaminated public housing, Julián Castro discussed it in last night's #DemDebate. #CIvilJusticeSolutions

"David may have thought Mrs. (Fannie Lou) Hamer was testing him, assuring herself that he was ready for bigger leagues t...
07/19/2019
Justice Ain't Much If You Can't Afford It. America Needs to Overhaul Its Civil Law | Opinion

"David may have thought Mrs. (Fannie Lou) Hamer was testing him, assuring herself that he was ready for bigger leagues than the local small claims court, but I don't think that was all. As a former sharecropper, she saw and wanted to stop the misuse of small claims courts to strip people of their meager assets and keep them beholden to those with power and means."

Voices' own Martha Bergmark reflects on her early days as a public interest attorney, and the importance of civil legal help for everyone in assuring justice for all.

Civil courts are being used to strip people of their meager assets and keep them beholden to those with power and means. This has to change.

Peer Perspective: Pennsylvania Voices and that 4-letter word, "plan" - https://mailchi.mp/voicesforciviljustice/peer-per...
07/11/2019
Peer Perspective: Pennsylvania Voices and that 4-letter word, "plan"

Peer Perspective: Pennsylvania Voices and that 4-letter word, "plan" - https://mailchi.mp/voicesforciviljustice/peer-perspective-pennsylvania-voices-and-that-4-letter-word-plan

Peer Perspectives share media-savvy ideas and insights from the field. This post is by Christine Kirby, director of development and state support at Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc., and statewide coordinator of Pennsylvania Voices. You can see Pennsylvania Voices' 2018-2019 communicatio...

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