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A Letter from Sal Mungia, Chair of the Equal Justice Coalition Dear Colleagues and Friends: You are a true example of the power of grassroots advocacy. Because of your efforts, the Washington State Legislature increased funding for civil legal aid by $4.8 million! Thank you for everything you’ve done to raise awareness and support for […]

As a reminder, LFW distributes funding for legal aid in Washington State that originates from a variety of sources: private donations to the Campaign for Equal Justice, residuals from class action lawsuits – known as cy pres awards – and money generate from the interest on lawyers’ trust accounts (IOLTA) program, to name a few. […]

Sunday, April 23rd was the formal “sine die” to the end of the 2017 state legislative session. However, in the absence of agreement on either the state operating or capital budgets, Governor Jay Inslee called for a 30-day Special Session beginning today, Monday, April 24. As we all know, the central issue of this session […]

The Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee, Washington Supreme Court and Washington’s Board for Judicial Administration have all urged congress to protect funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which seeks to ensure equal access to justice under the law for all Americans by providing civil legal assistance to those who otherwise would be unable to […]

It’s official. After 12 years as Executive Director of the Clark County Volunteer Lawyer Program, Susan Arney retired on April 7, 2017, leaving some big shoes to fill in Clark County. Under her leadership CCLVP has grown from 50 to 230 volunteer lawyers, who help staff several legal clinics to address the needs of veterans, […]

Today, the Trump Administration released its initial budget that includes the complete elimination of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). As a reminder, LSC administers federal civil legal aid funding, which currently accounts for approximately $6.5 million to provide critical legal assistance to low-income families and individuals in Washington State. Since LSC’s creation during the Nixon […]

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, people from around the state convened in Olympia to advocate for state funding for civil legal aid as part of the Equal Justice Coalition’s Legal Aid Lobby Day. The advocates represented 30 out of the state’s 49 legislative districts, and in total, they met with more than 75 members of […]