EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW
IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE

AMERICANS NEED CIVIL JUSTICE REFORM
AND WE NEED IT NOW

In America, we grow up believing in justice for all. We believe people should get fair resolutions to problems that threaten their families, homes and livelihoods. But the reality is, wealth and power have the advantage in civil courts.

All Rise for Civil Justice is the campaign to fix our civil justice system so it works for everyone.

UNDERSTAND THE CRISIS

Stories from the Civil Justice Crisis

  • Protecting One Family’s American Dream

    After six years living in the U.S. with Temporary Protected Status, Herbert was convicted of a traffic offense. He accepted the legal consequences of his action, and continued to renew his TPS every two years until 2013 when he was told it had been revoked due to his 2006 conviction. He also learned that there was an order for his deportation back to El Salvador. Herbert needed a lawyer, and he thought he’d hired one. But the notario had lied to him. She was not an attorney and was not qualified to handle the serious civil legal issues that needed addressing. Fortunately, Herbert found out about the Legal Aid Justice Center just in time.

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  • Safe at Home

    Struggling with chronic health issues, Sonja required her daughter’s assistance with daily activities. Even though she lives in an apartment designated for seniors, the property manager repeatedly threatened to evict her rather than accommodate her obvious need for help. Without her legal aid attorney to help her fight back, Sonja would have been wrongfully forced out of her home. Take a look at Sonja’s story.

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    Sonja – Safe At Home
  • Fighting for Our Veterans

    Bill, a Vietnam veteran, would have been homeless but for the help of the civil legal aid attorney at his local Department of Veterans Affairs medical center. At his lowest point, he abruptly lost his source of income, had no access to health care benefits, and was on the brink of losing his home. And then he met his lawyer Jon. Watch Bill’s story.

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“Can there be justice if it is not equal? Can there be a just society when some do not have justice? Equality, equal treatment is perhaps the most fundamental element of justice.”

— Justice Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court

All Rise for Action!

We have to make the civil justice system work for everyone. Here’s how: