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By Josh Fogt, Communications & Development Manager, Fair Work Center On Labor Day, Fair Work Center opened its new civil legal aid clinic, the Fair Work Legal Clinic (which was partially funded by an LFW grant). The clinic will offer low-wage workers free intake and referral services, legal advice at its monthly community clinics, and legal […]

Over the past few weeks, civil legal aid has been featured in the news nationally and locally. Below are a few of our favorite headlines, and if you’re interested in more stories about legal aid and our grantees, check out the In the News page of our website. Advocates propose sweeping reforms to homeless sweeps […]

The following is a letter that I sent to our grantees last week. It will provide you with a snapshot of what we at LFW have been working on and what we can anticipate for the remainder of the year.  Dear LFW Grantees: As midsummer approaches, I wanted to update you on a couple of topics […]

Here’s our take on the best legal aid headlines from July. And, don’t forget to visit In the News to catch any stories you may have missed. AG fines used car dealer for deceptive practices targeting Spanish-speakers Attorney General Bob Ferguson ordered Zein Automobiles, Inc. of Snohomish County to pay $250,000 to Spanish-speaking customers lured […]

The Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program continued its trend of increased cash on deposits and flat interest rates during the second quarter of 2016.  In other words, revenue generated from the IOLTA program is continuing to rise even though interest rates are not rising.  IOLTA interest revenue for the second quarter (April – […]

By Tarra Simmons, 2016 Goldmark Intern On June 24, 2016 I became the first person in our state to obtain a Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity. The Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity (CROP) became available to persons with a criminal conviction on June 9, 2016 after the unanimous passage of ESHB 1553 in the 2016 […]

From John Oliver to Brad Smith to the U.S. Supreme Court, this month’s headlines will bring you up to speed on how local events are impacting the nation, and vice versa. Don’t forget to visit In the News to catch up any stories you may have missed. New UW Research Shows How Prison Debt Ensnares […]