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
Phone: (206) 568-7576
Eastside Legal Assistance Program:
Phone: (425) 747-7274
Family Law CASA of King County:
Phone: (206) 748-9700
King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services:
Phone: (206) 267-7100
King County Dependency CASA Program:
Phone: (206) 296-1120
Legal Action Center:
Phone: (206) 324-6890
Open Door Legal Services:
Phone: (206) 682-4642
Seattle Community Law Center:
Phone: (206) 686-7252 ext 104
Seattle University School of Law Peterson Law Clinic:
Phone: (206) 398-4000
Solanus Casey Legal Services:
Phone: (206) 223-0907
University of Washington School of Law Federal Tax Clinic:
Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice:
Phone: (206) 359-6200
ABA/FEMA Disaster Legal Assistance-ABA Young Lawyers Division:
Phone: (425) 493-5000
ABA Military Pro Bono Project:
Phone: (312) 988-5783
Columbia Legal Services:
Legal Voice (women’s law):
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project:
Northwest Justice Project:
Unemployment Law Project:
Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations:
Washington State CASA:
Washington Defender Association:
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