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Franklin County Prisoners Reach Settlement

We have reached a settlement in the class action we filed on behalf of detainees at the Franklin County Correctional Center. The suit claimed that detainees had been abused on a regular basis and that the jail failed to follow basic procedures designed to protect the health and safety of the people under its charge. More

Standing Up for Shelter For Everyone

We are working with advocates and people who are experiencing homelessness to oppose recent homeless eviction sweeps until everyone has access to shelter. More

If you have experienced a sweep and would like to tell us about it, please contact Yurij Rudensky at yurij.rudensky@columbialegal.org

Farm Worker Groups Call for Investigation of Effort to Lower Wages
Farm Worker Organizations Request Investigation of Alleged Cooperation Amongst Growers to Lower Farm Worker Wages

Four farm worker organizations are calling for an investigation into whether the Washington Farm Labor Association and potentially others engaged in unlawful activity to depress farm worker wages and working conditions. More

Vancouver Housing Authority Class Action Settlement

The Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) has informed Class Counsel that it mailed out Settlement Checks to most members of the Damages Class on Thursday, November 19, 2015.  There are some Class Members whose Notice of Right to Class Action Settlement Payment were returned as undeliverable. More

Special Thanks!

This year's advocate level sponsors at the 4th Annual Pro Bono Reception: Celebrating the Art of Advocacy were Sonata Capital Group and Sirianni Youtz Spoonemore Hamburger. Thanks for the support!


Vancouver Housing Authority Class Action Settlement


Foreclosure Working Group: Foreclosure rates soared in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, affecting countless Washington residents. The Foreclosure Working Group advocates for policy reforms and employs litigation to help families keep their homes. More


2002-2007: State and federal agents intimidated primarily Spanish-speaking childcare providers and accused them of fraud. Our advocacy resulted in the fraud claims being dropped, damage awards to the affected providers, and changes to the investigative procedures of DSHS. More