2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update

About

On October 29, 2015, the official report of the 2015 Washington State Civil Legal Needs Study Update was released to the press and public. In response to the sobering and troubling findings of this study, the Equal Justice Coalition launched a 90-day (Oct-Dec 2015) publicity and awareness building campaign – Justice For All – aimed at promoting the findings of the study, emphasizing the vital importance of legal aid for low-income individuals and families, and ultimately convincing our legislators in Olympia to increase state funding for civil legal aid. Below is the media coverage generated by the Justice For All campaign.

The 2015 study follows a similar study published by a Washington State Supreme Court task force in 2003. In response to the 2003 study, the Washington State Legislature increased capacity to address the civil legal problems of low-income Washingtonians by devoting more resources and establishing an agency to administer and oversee the state investment in civil legal aid. Based on this 2015 study, the EJC believes the state should recommit to access to justice by taking the following steps:

1. More than double the number of state-funded Civil Legal Aid attorneys

2. Expand the level of volunteer attorney involvement in the delivery of essential civil legal aid services

3. Build awareness of legal aid services in low-income communities

In the News

Click on the title of the article to view the article on the publication’s website. Click on the date to view a PDF of the article. 

October 29, 2015, KUOW:  Justice Gap For The Low Income Has Widened In Washington

October 29, 2015, CrosscutHelp Wanted: Attorneys

October 29, 2015, WSU NewsStudy: Legal Problems of Poor Triple in Past Decade

November 7, 2015, Peninsula Daily NewsWashington State Supreme Court Judges Link Injustice to Financial Inequality at Port Angeles Seminar

November 10, 2015, Skagit Valley Herald Study Finds Few Low-Income Washington Residents Get Civil Legal Aid

November 10, 2015, The Spokesman-ReviewStudy: Most Poor Washingtonians Don’t Get Legal Help They Need

November 11, 2015, KREMFormer Homeless Spokane Woman Looks To Help Others

November 11, 2015, The Inlanderhttp://bit.ly/1lymW8X

November 11, 2015, The Union Bulletin:  State’s Poor Lack Access to Legal Help

November 12, 2015, The Wenatchee WorldEqual Justice is Still Our Promise

November 13, 2015, Yakima Herald: There’s A Surge in the Need for Civil Legal Services Among People Who Are Least Able to Pay

November 14, 2015, The Olympian: There’s Truly Big Need for Civil Legal Aid

November 18, 2015, The Tacoma News TribuneAttorneys Hope to Ease Burden on Poor of Legal Needs

November 23, 2015, The Olympian: Lawyers Can Help Get ‘Justice For All’

December 2, 2015, The Olympian: We Need Justice For All in Thurston County

December 2, 2015, TVW’s The Impact: Interview with Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles Wiggins and Office of Civil Legal Aid Director Jim Bamberger (start at approximately 15:08)

December 8, 2015, The Seattle Times: ‘Justice For All’ Threatened by Inaction in Olympia

December 9, 2015, The Everett Herald: Legal Needs of Many Low-Income Families Not Met

December 20, 2015, The Columbian: Rivers: Low-Income Residents Deserve Access to Civil Legal Aid

December 25, 2015, North Kitsap Herald: Legal Needs of Many Are Not Met, In Our Opinion

January 4, 2016, FOX News: How To Reduce Domestic Violence With Legal Assistance

January 7, 2016, The Tacoma News Tribune: Justice Shouldn’t Be Denied for Low-Income Citizens (opinion by State Representative Christine Kilduff)

February 2016, NWLawyer: The Erosion of Justice For All (by John McKay, pg 21-22)

February 6, 2016, The Olympian: Legal Aid Is Big Help for Survivors of Domestic Violence

February 10, 2016, TVW: Presentation of the Findings and Implications of the 2015 Civil Legal Needs Study to the Washington Supreme Court

February 12, 2016, Kitsap Sun: Access to Legal Aid Must Be Funded

March 23, 2016, The Daily World: Justice in Motion – Where We’ve Been and What’s Next

March 24, 2016, Spokane Journal of Business: Bill Hyslop: Ensuring Accessibility

June 2016, King County Bar Association Bulletin: Civil Legal Needs Study Update: An Alarm and an Opportunity

July 17 2016, South Seattle EmeraldThe Justice Gap: The Case for Civil Legal Aid

Campaign Resources

On this page, you will find the tool and materials you need to communicate about the study, including a PowerPoint presentation, talking points, and the Oct 29th press release. If you have any questions or want to get more involved with the Justice For All campaign, please contact Jay Doran – 206.447.8168 or jay [at] ejc.org

Cover Letter for the Report - Authored by Attorneys General Ferguson and McKenna

Cover Letter for the Report – Authored by Attorneys General Ferguson and McKenna

2015 Washington State Civil Legal Needs Study Report

2015 Washington State Civil Legal Needs Study Report

2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update - One Pager

2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update – One Pager

 

2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update PowerPoint

2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update PowerPoint

 

Presentation Training

PowerPoint Training

PowerPoint Talking Points

PowerPoint Talking Points

Justice For All - Key Campaign Messages

Justice For All – Key Campaign Messages

Social Media Calendar & Sample Messaging

Social Media Calendar & Sample Messaging

By The Numbers - Messaging Document

By The Numbers – Messaging Document

Sample Letters to the Editor

Sample Letters to the Editor

Access to Justice Board - Support Resolution

Access to Justice Board – Support Resolution