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Thoughts and updates from our work.

During the legislative session, we are constantly seeking to keep civil legal aid top-of-mind for legislators and policymakers, in an effort to better fund the critical work being done by our alliance of providers throughout the state. Last Sunday, the Tri-City Herald published an op-ed entitled To Keep People out of Poverty, We Must Support […]

The 2018 State Legislative Session officially began earlier this week, on Monday, January 8. As you may know, this year’s session is a “short” session, meaning it is only scheduled to last for 60 days. Last year, with the hard work and support of advocates from around the state, we secured a $4.8 million increase […]

Dear Civil Legal Aid Community: I am a child of working-class immigrant parents who worked tirelessly to provide their children with a better life and more opportunities than they had growing up. Unfortunately, I saw my parents get taken advantage of because they had little money and access to education. It was then, as a […]

Dear Civil Legal Aid Supporters: Columbia Legal Services (CLS) continues focusing on immigrant rights, protecting youth, and challenging our justice system to ensure fair treatment for all. Discover more about our recent collective success building a more inclusive and equitable society across Washington State. Protecting Immigrant Rights The Constitution matters:  CLS attorneys obtained a Temporary […]

LFW is pleased to report that the IOLTA program continued to see gains throughout the second quarter, April – June 2017. IOLTA revenue totaled $524,398 for the quarter – a 5% increase over the second quarter of 2016. As a reminder, IOLTA revenue is generated through interest earned on lawyers’ trust accounts and remitted to […]

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. […]