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LFW's bi-monthly legal aid newsletter.
June 2016 | Issue 2
Since our inaugural issue of The Brief, civil legal aid has made a splash in the media. Locally, we’ve seen the life-changing work of several of our grantees, Columbia Legal Services, LAW Advocates, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and several law firms supporting LFW made the list of top 75 Corporate Philanthropists in Washington. Nationally, University of Michigan Football Coach Jim Harbaugh joined the Legal Services Corporation’s new “Leaders Council,” convening high-profile leaders from various industries to raise awareness about the current crisis in our civil justice system. Nice job, Coach Harbaugh! Maybe Coach Pete Carroll will join you...

On the ground, LFW remains hard at work. We have many upcoming Campaign events and GiveBig raised $40,000 in May -- thank you LFW donors! Also, the Equal Justice Coalition is gearing up for the 2017 legislative session with a bold request for increased state funding of legal aid. Read on for details and please forward to friends and colleagues.

Join us in your community
Pierce County Thank You Reception | June 22nd 5-6:30pm | Pacific Grill, Tacoma
Beer & Justice Happy Hour | June 23rd 5-7pm | Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham
Beer & Justice Happy Hour | June 29th 5-7pm | Diamond Knot Brew Pub, Mountlake Terrace
Natalia Fior
Annual Campaign Director
Jay Doran
Communications & Advocacy Director

Save the Date & Nominate
Goldmark Award Luncheon | 2.17.2017

Mark your calendars for 2017 Goldmark Award Luncheon at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle on February 17, 2017.
 

Nominate an awardee for the Goldmark Award 
by August 31.

Chuck Goldmark believed it was the responsibility of each of us in our own way to try and improve some aspect of society beyond ourselves. He believed, as a lawyer, he could accomplish this. 

Donor Spotlight
LFW supporters make Corporate Philanthropy list

Congrats to our Campaign for Equal Justice donors who made the top 75 list of Corporate Philanthropists in Washington. Thank you for supporting legal aid for low-income families across Washington.
 

Legislative Support for Civil Legal Aid

During the upcoming 2017 state legislative session, the Equal Justice Coalition will be advocating for a substantial increase in state funding for legal aid to address the troubling findings of the 2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update. Thank you to Senator Rivers and other lawmakers across the state who support access to justice for all.

"My greatest joy as a legislator is helping people, but if someone needs legal help, they must turn to the judicial branch. And this works if they can afford an attorney -- but what if they can't? Or what if they don't know the struggles they face could easily be solved by an attorney? This is why civil legal aid is so important and why every Washingtonian deserves fair and equal access to our justice system."

State Senator Ann Rivers, 18th Legislative District, Clark County

Grantee Spotlight: 
Washington Web Lawyer: a Legal Aid App

Washington Web Lawyer is an online legal advice app for low-income people to ask questions and receive answers by volunteer attorneys. The software is designed so attorneys can easily do pro bono work and low-income clients can easily access legal aid. Since it's debut in December 2015, almost 2,000 clients have created accounts and 134 attorneys are signed up to answer questions.
Washington Web Lawyer serves any income eligible client with a civil legal issue in Washington. The project, originally developed by WSBA’s Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, was adopted by the Access to Justice Board in 2015 and is managed by the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program, which also provides malpractice insurance and support for all Washington Web Lawyer volunteers.
 
Currently, there are 200 questions waiting to be answered, so volunteers are needed from every county. If you are a licensed attorney in Washington, you can sign up to begin answering questions today.
  • Beer & Justice Bellingham | June 23
  • Beer & Justice Mountlake Terrace | June 29
  • Beer & Justice Yakima | September 13
  • Beer & Justice Bellevue | October
  • Beer & Justice Olympia | October
  • Beer & Justice Seattle | TBA
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