Tag Archives: Legal Aid

The Path to Equal Justice

For almost 100 years, the American Bar Association (ABA) has partnered with charitable and publicly funded efforts to provide legal services for the poor. 
In 1919, Reginald Heber Smith, a practitioner in a legal aid charity, argued that it was t…

April Brings a Fresh Start: Expungement of Criminal Records on the Clearinghouse Community

Seventy million American adults have an arrest or conviction record. The resulting economic impact to families and communities is devastating. A person with a criminal record faces barriers to securing employment, stable housing, and higher education&m…

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Practical tips on how to collect wage judgments won for low-wage clients.
The guilty pleasure of a young leader in the antipoverty movement.
A model of using the Violence Against Women Act Amendments to protect tenants in developments financed by the L…

An Ounce of Prevention: New Regulations Aim to Reduce Black Lung Disease

Black lung disease has long been the scourge of coal miners. After years of breathing coal dust, a miner’s lungs may become scarred and stiff and emphysematous. The miner feels smothered, even when at rest. The disease, formally known as coal wor…

A Welcome Clog in Rhode Island’s School-to-Sheltered-Workshop Pipeline

Marie has a developmental disability. She is employed but not in a competitive workplace. Rather, Marie works in a “sheltered workshop,” a segregated workplace for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The sheltered …

Innovative Technology Projects Are Connecting Pro Bono Lawyers with Clients

Whether they work in private practice, for nonprofits, or for state or local governments, lawyers have many demands on their time. For lawyers at private companies and law firms interested in pro bono work, the time and effort involved in locating an a…

Fixing the Tangled Threads of Poverty and Racism

As the nation commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this weekend, many people will pause to remember how far the United States has come since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and to consider the current state of racial justice in this country….

Another Victory for Farm and Ranch Workers in New Mexico

Joe Griego, a worker at a dairy in New Mexico, was gored by a bull as he tried to separate it from the cows he needed to milk. The bull threw Griego in the air and crushed his back and ribs. After a trip to the emergency room and multiple hospital visi…

Clearing the Air in Chicago’s Englewood Neighborhood

The City of Chicago’s approval of expanded tax-increment-financing industrial districts in the Englewood neighborhood last month probably appeared to be just another routine piece of local business. But behind that vote lay plans to exp…

American Human Rights Advocates Submit Shadow Reports for 2013 United Nations Review

The traffic has gone back to normal near the United Nations now that the General Assembly is no longer in session, but that does not mean that human rights advocates are done with their work. Many lawyers working on human rights issues—domestical…