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
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October 29, 2015, Crosscut: Help Wanted: Attorneys
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