Category: Equal Justice Coalition

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

In 2017, King County residents will vote on the renewal of the Veterans and Human Services Levy (VHSL), and the County is currently exploring the possibility of including civil legal aid as a part of the strategy for a renewed Veterans and Human Services Levy. The current VHSL, which was renewed by voters in August of […]

On Friday, June 10, 2016 the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee unanimously approved the Office of Civil Legal Aid’s (OCLA) “Civil Justice Reinvestment Plan.” In an attempt to address the sobering findings of the 2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update, which found that a full 76% of low-income Washingtonians experiencing a civil legal problem are […]