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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. […]

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 […]