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Tips for Weathering COVID-19 Financial Fears

4.3.2020
As thousands of Virginians face financial insecurity due to COVID-19 and the economic downturn, John Whitfield who's spent the last 39 years as a legal aid lawyer providing free legal assistance, is giving residents of Virginia strategies to help. Read more. Continue reading >

Atlanta Legal Aid's Great Whiskey Debate Goes Virtual

4.3.2020
Concerns over COVID-19 have led many legal nonprofits to postpone spring fundraisers. However, COVID-19 won’t stop Atlanta Legal Aid Society from having its Great Whiskey Debate, an event that raised $20,000 last year. Shea Conlan, the group’s development and communications coordinator, says, “We... Continue reading >

Scams on the Rise During COVID-19 Threat

4.3.2020
An increase in the number of scams associated with the COVID-19 outbreak is a growing cause for concern. On March 24, Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen issued a memorandum to law enforcement agencies regarding actions that may be taken in response to unlawful activities by unscrupulous individuals... Continue reading >

Ways Lawyers Can Support the Most Vulnerable Right Now

4.3.2020
Amid COVID-19 fear, the need for civil legal services has only grown. In response, the American Bar Association has created a nationwide task force of volunteer lawyers and judges from across the legal profession. This Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic will include... Continue reading >

Top California Democrats Say COVID-19 Renter Protections Won't Work

4.3.2020
Top Democrats in the California Legislature David Chiu and Senator Scott Wiener voice concern that Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order temporarily protecting tenants who can’t afford rent because of COVID-19 doesn’t stop landlords from initiating eviction proceedings and could allow a wave of... Continue reading >

Hospitals Sue Patients During Pandemic

4.3.2020
Even after Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers declared a Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19, patients have continued to be sued by hospitals. Read more. Continue reading >

Additional Funding Needed For Legal Aid Forecasted

4.3.2020
The National Association of IOLTA Programs (NAIP) warns that new funding will be needed to help legal aid organizations respond to spiking demand for legal help due to the pandemic-related economic slowdown. Aggregate legal aid funding administered by these IOLTA organizations and state funders... Continue reading >

Legal Aid Offices Operating Remotely in the Age of COVID-19

4.3.2020
Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, legal aid agencies responded to disasters by getting out into the community and holding clinics for people who need legal help to advise them about their rights, available programs and benefits. According to Monica Vigues-Pitan, executive director of Legal... Continue reading >

Online Unemployment Benefits Systems Buckle Under New Applicant Wave

4.3.2020
As unemployment claims hit unprecedented levels, digital systems meant to provide benefits to workers are showing signs of strain. In states like Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Michigan and Hawaii, the online benefits systems have buckled under the surge of new applicants. Access to systems... Continue reading >

Land of Lincoln Legal Aid Staff Continue to Serve Clients

4.3.2020
Although courthouses have closed in Illinois, Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, a legal aid provider serving central and southern Illinois, continues to help low-income individuals who need civil legal assistance during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more. Continue reading >

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