Washington State’s Pro Bono Programs Helpful In Recession

Due to the current economic climate, many people cannot afford legal services; similarly, many attorneys ability to take on pro bono cases has significantly decreased. This means that many people who need legal help are not getting it, economically being denied access to justice.

A recent study by the American Bar Association showed that at least 40% of households with a low to moderate income experience a legal program each year; however, only 20% of these legal needs are met through collective pro bono civil aid. The severity of legal problems ranges from custody disputes to foreclosures to employment termination cases.

Despite the downturn in the economy, Washington State continues to have an above average pro bono reputation. According to Washington State Bar Association study, Washington attorneys volunteer as much or more pro bono hours than attorneys in other states.

Free legal services are usually offered to clients with little or no resources to cover the costs of the case. Some organizations, such as Legal Voice, target specific clients. Located in downtown Seattle, aims to primarily help female clients with domestic violence, family law, or employment discrimination issues. Similarly, TeamChild provides legal representation and counsel to youth. Additionally, because of Seattle’s port location, Seattle is home to multiple immigrant rights pro bono organizations. These organizations deal with everything from immigration issues to domestic violence against immigrants.

Hopefully, Washington State can maintain its reputation as having a legal community dedicated to volunteering hours, as the need for legal services continues to grow. Pro bono organizations in Seattle and counties around the State expect to see continued growth and demand for pro bono legal services, despite the recession being declared over.

If you have limited resources or are qualified low income and have a legal matter beyond what The Filutowski Law Firm handles, we encourage you to consult with an appropriate pro bono organization listed below.

KING COUNTY ORGANIZATIONS

Chaya:

Phone: (206) 568-7576

Email: sarah@chayaseattle.org

Website: www.chayaseattle.org

 

Eastside Legal Assistance Program:

Phone: (425) 747-7274

Email: Judith@elap.org

Website: www.elap.org

Family Law CASA of King County:

Phone: (206) 748-9700

Email: cddavis@familylawcasa.org

Website: www.familylawcasa.org

King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services:

Phone: (206) 267-7100

Email: tovolunteer@kcba.org

Website: www.kcba.org/pbs/volunteers.aspx

King County Dependency CASA Program:

Phone: (206) 296-1120

Email: janet.harris@kingcounty.gov

Legal Action Center:

Phone: (206) 324-6890

Open Door Legal Services:

Phone: (206) 682-4642

Email: dmace@ugm.org

 

Seattle Community Law Center:

Phone: (206) 686-7252 ext 104

Email: alex@seattlecommlaw.org

Website: www.seattlecommlaw.org

Seattle University School of Law Peterson Law Clinic:

Phone: (206) 398-4000

Website: www.law.seattleu.edu/academics/law_clinic.xml

Solanus Casey Legal Services:

Phone: (206) 223-0907

Solid Ground:

Website: www.solidground.org

University of Washington School of Law Federal Tax Clinic:

Website: www.law.washington.edu/clinics/tax

Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice:

Phone: (206) 359-6200

Email: Juliann@vaij.org

STATEWIDE ORGANIZATIONS

ABA/FEMA Disaster Legal Assistance-ABA Young Lawyers Division:

Phone: (425) 493-5000

Email: kari@carsonlawgroup.com

ABA Military Pro Bono Project:

Phone: (312) 988-5783

Website: www.militaryprobono.org

Columbia Legal Services:

Website: www.columbialegal.org

Legal Voice (women’s law):

Website: www.nwwlc.org

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project:

Website: www.nwirp.org

Northwest Justice Project:

Website: www.nwjustice.org

TeamChild:

Website: www.teamchild.org

Unemployment Law Project:

Website: www.unemploymentlawproject.org

Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations:

Website: www.waaco.org

Washington State CASA:

Website: www.washingtonstatecasa.org

Washington Defender Association:

Website: www.defensenet.org

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