There are times when the only recourse
a group has is to
file a lawsuit to achieve its objectives. This section provides
a listing of legal resources for low-income clients and grassroots organizations.
This website provides links to lawyers who provide free legal assistance,
either by requirement or as a service to the community.
This page features the ABA's state-by-state directory of free legal services.
LawHelp helps low and moderate income people find free legal aid programs
in their communities, and answers to questions about their legal rights.
Aid and Defender Association (NLADA)
This organization advocates for and provides resources and training to
front-line attorneys and other equal justice professionals working for
low-income clients and communities. NLADA also serve as a resource for
those seeking more information on equal justice in the United States.
Sargent Shriver National
Center on Poverty Law
The Shriver Center helps deliver legal services to low-income clients
by creating a network of legal services and pro bono lawyers, policymakers,
and other advocates working on poverty law and policy development. The
Center's publications, Poverty Law Library, and Web site equip advocates
with tools and strategies to promote policy and law to move people permanently
out of poverty.
Health Law Program (NHeLP)
NHeLP is a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health
care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly
and people with disabilities. This firm serves legal services programs,
community-based organizations, the private bar, providers and individuals
who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured
or underinsured low-income people. NHeLP does not provide legal advice
AARP and legalhotlines.org sponsor this website, which contains searchable
directories of 2 pro se legal services by state and legal hotline programs
Pine Tree Legal Assistance
This non-profit corporation provides legal assistance to low-income people
in Maine, but the site also includes resources of use to those outside
the state, such as PTLA's links
page and a list
of pro bono sites for organizations across the United States.
New York Lawyers
for the Public Interest (NYLPI)
NYLPI is a not-for-profit legal office that helps tackle the problems
facing low-income and underrepresented people in New York City. The office
uses two approaches: its pro bono clearinghouse works with law firms and
corporate legal departments to provide free legal assistance for eligible
individuals and community groups, and its staff provides direct legal
representation, advocacy, and organizing assistance to low-income New
Yorkers in the areas of disability rights, environmental justice, and
access to health care.
Union of Washington State
For legal help related to tenants rights, consult the Tenant's Union website
or hotline. If they don't have an answer, they may know who to call in
NJP is a not-for-profit statewide organization that provides free civil
legal services to low-income people in Washington State. This website,
along with its Washington
LawHelp project, also serves as a clearinghouse of legal
self-help materials and tools that provide information about non criminal
legal problems affecting low-income people in Washington state.
Legal Aid Foundation
of Los Angeles
This frontline law firm for low-income people promotes access to justice
and the strengthening of communities, combats discrimination, and effects
systemic change through representation, advocacy, and community education.