On July 25, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon signed the law creating the Legal Services Corporation. Since its inception, civil legal aid programs have provided free legal assistance to low-income and under-served individuals. The effect – throughout the United States – has been increased access to justice, and alleviation of poverty and inequality. Every day, we prove that a fighting chance is worth the fight.
With the help of a civil legal aid attorney, a woman may obtain a protection order and escape domestic violence.
Because of civil legal aid, a child living in a home with lead paint has a chance of growing up in a safe environment.
And because of civil legal aid, our homeless military veterans may secure stable housing and health care.
Civil legal aid is critical to the American value of justice. Together we can reduce poverty, protect the most vulnerable among us, and strengthen our communities. Click here for the full 2016 White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable Report on expanding access to justice.