Alliance members are organizations whose predominant mission is to provide civil legal aid to Washington's low-income and vulnerable people in need. Alliance providers deliver a range of civil legal aid services, including advice, brief service and direct representation to low-income people with important legal problems.
Legal aid providers serve as resources to lower-income communities and the public at large, providing information and education about rights and responsibilities under the law. These organizations also work with courts, social and human service organizations, and the community to ensure fair treatment and equal access to justice for their clients. Legal aid providers are an effective community-based deterrent to illegal practices.
More than 30 legal aid providers are part of the Alliance:
- Statewide and Specialty Programs provide civil legal aid services from staffed offices throughout the state, to specific low-income populations or for specific legal problems. These programs ensure services are not duplicated and that legal assistance is available to some of our state's most marginalized populations.
- Volunteer Lawyer Programs coordinate and leverage free legal aid provided by attorneys pro bono. Pro bono efforts are coordinated through bar associations, community action centers, law firms, governmental law offices, and corporate counsel offices throughout the state. Volunteer lawyers provide a continuum of services from brief advice in clinics to extended representation in court. In 2008 volunteer attorneys donated 80,000 hours of free legal assistance to families with nowhere else to turn.
The following organizations are core Alliance providers—this is not an exhaustive list of Washington’s legal aid providers. The Alliance is a growing and changing network of organizations that welcomes new partners in the equal justice movement. Contact us to learn more.
Statewide and Specialty Programs
Volunteer Lawyer Programs
Center for Justice is a private, donor-funded public interest law firm dedicated to providing the experience of justice to those of limited means in the greater Spokane area.
Columbia Legal Services is a statewide legal aid program that provides civil legal services in areas of critical legal need, often for groups or large numbers of clients.
Legal Action Center pursues its mission to reduce homelessness by preventing illegal or unnecessary evictions and/or housing subsidy terminations.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) provides comprehensive immigration legal services and community education to advance the human rights and well-being of low-income immigrants living in Washington.
Northwest Health Law Advocates promotes increased access to health care and basic health care rights and protections for all individuals through legal and policy advocacy, education, and support to community organizations.
Open Door Legal Services – a ministry of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission - provides free civil legal services to homeless and extremely low-income clients. Primary areas of practice include court fines, re-licensing, warrants, child support, family law and assistance obtaining identification.
Seattle Community Law Center provides direct legal assistance to low-income and homeless individuals in the region related to their eligibility for Disability benefits.
Seattle University School of Law's Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic teaches students the fundamental skills and values of practicing attorneys by representing clients under faculty supervision.
Solid Ground is a community organization with over 30 programs working to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and neglect. The Family Assistance Program provides information and referral, advice, and direct legal representation to individuals who have had their state public assistance benefits reduced, terminated, or denied.
TeamChild provides free civil legal representation and community education to help youth involved in the juvenile justice system secure the education, health, housing and other supports they need to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.
Unemployment Law Project provides free legal assistance and information to people who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose right to those benefits is being challenged.
University of Washington School of Law's Clinical Law Program is central to the law school's public service and access to justice efforts. A variety of clinics offer diverse practice opportunities to nearly 60% of each JD class.
Asotin County Legal Services
Lewis County Bar Legal Aid