WASHINGTON STATE: PARTNERING FOR JUSTICE FOR ALL
The Alliance for Equal Justice and the Access to Justice Network are dedicated to making the civil justice system open and available to all, including Washington State's more than 1 million low-income residents. Columbia Legal Services (CLS) proudly partners with the many public and private organizations working to make equal justice a reality in our state. Individually, and in partnership with one another, these institutions and organizations work to ensure that low-income individuals and families have timely and meaningful access to legal information and services necessary to allow them to assert, defend and enforce important legal rights.
Below you will find links with information about these organizations.
WASHINGTON STATE ACCESS TO JUSTICE BOARD
The Access to Justice Board was established by the Washington State Supreme Court in 1994 at the request of the Washington State Bar Association. The mission of the Access to Justice Board is to promote and facilitate equal access to justice in Washington State for low and moderate income people. The ATJ Board serves as the coordinating body for access to justice activities statewide.
THE ALLIANCE FOR EQUAL JUSTICE
The Alliance For Equal Justice is network of civil legal aid providers - staffed legal aid programs, volunteer attorney programs and others - that provide information, advice, and legal representation to low-income people throughout Washington State. CLS is a proud member of the Alliance. For information about the Alliance and its members, please click here.
EQUAL JUSTICE COALITION
The Equal Justice Coalition (EJC) is a broad-based, non-partisan coalition that increases awareness and support for civil equal justice in Washington State. The EJC educates the general public and elected officials about the importance of civil equal justice.
The Legal Aid for Washington Fund (LAWFund), through its collaborative Campaign for Equal Justice, raises charitable funds to support legal aid programs, including Columbia Legal Services, in helping people all over the state of Washington obtain representation to address critical life problems such as homelessness, unsafe working conditions, or domestic violence. This statewide, non-profit organization links those in the community who support equal justice with the programs that make justice a reality. For more information and to donate, please click here.
LEGAL FOUNDATION OF WASHINGTON
The Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW) is dedicated to equal justice for low-income persons. LFW funds legal aid programs, supports policies and initiatives which enable the poor and most vulnerable to overcome barriers in the civil justice system, and works to maximize resources available for civil legal aid in our state.
THE NATIONAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE NETWORK
Below you will find links to learn more about the Access to Justice Network on a national level.
The Legal Services Corporation is a private, non-profit corporation that was created by Congress in 1974 to fund civil legal services programs nationwide.
The National Legal Aid and Defender Association is the largest national, nonprofit association of advocates dedicated to equal justice in the civil and criminal justice system.
The Brennan Center for Justice is an educational resource and advocacy program whose multi-system advocacy focuses on issues on democracy, poverty and criminal justice.