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We strove to imagine a just society by connecting our work with local and national networks and aligning our values as an organization with that vision of justice. Honoring our advocacy role in the Alliance for Equal Justice, our achievements this past year stem from the belief that laws and policies can provide critical pathways out of poverty, and our work for justice can shape them. With primary funding from the Legal Foundation of Washington, supporting grants from a number of grantors, and partnerships within the Alliance for Equal Justice, CLS continued a tradition of high-impact advocacy to achieve results with the highest return on investments for justice.More
Fair, accessible renting practices are an important aspect of a successful reentry for people who have been incarcerated. FARE Chances, Strong Communities examines why and suggests policies that would help create fairer chances for people who are reentering the community.Read the report
With the surge of migration of undocumented youth into the U.S., there is an increase in demand for attorneys to assist youth in obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). However, before a youth can seek SIJS, certain state court findings are necessary. This quick guide developed by Columbia Legal Services is designed to help attorneys obtain those findings in Washington State. Updated July 2015.
Download the Quick Guide to SIJS
Our Report to the Community covers the past year at Columbia Legal Services (CLS). We continued expanding pathways out of poverty and helped support lives of dignity and stability for some of the most disadvantaged communities in Washington. With primary funding from the Legal Foundation of Washington, supporting grants from a number of grantors, and partnerships within the Alliance for Equal Justice, CLS continued a tradition of high-impact advocacy to achieve results with the highest return on investments for justice.Download the Full Report To the Community
By Casey Trupin. Originally published in Changing lives: lawyers fighting for children, edited by Rosado, L.
© 2014 by the American Bar Association.
Columbia Legal Services (CLS) and the ACLU of Washington issued a report in February 2014 examining a counter-productive system of court-ordered debts imposed on poor people that, at its worst, results in poor people being locked up because they lack the means to debts imposed by the justice-system.Full Text
Prepared by Melissa Lee with assitance from Beth Colgan.
This report examines the three strikes law in Washington, and those sentenced under it, to determine how the state's limited criminal justice resources are best deployed.Full Text
This report documents the observations of Disability Rights Washington, Columbia Legal Services, and nationally-recognized abuse and neglect response experts. The report finds that the Washington Department of Social and Health Services does not adequately investigate and effectively respond to abuse and neglect allegations.
Prepared by Amy Clark of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance as part of a CFED grant awarded to CLS for work with manufactured homeowners.
Preserving a manufactured home community requires legal help, funding, and a lot of organization. But with the right guidance and support—and a well-organized homeowner association—manufactured home parks can be saved.Full Text
By Beth Colgan and the Washington Coalition for the Just Treatment of Youth, published February 2009. Implications of New Findings about Juvenile Recidivism and Adolescent Brain Development.Full Text
Produced by Robin Zukoski, Diana Garcia and Lucas Cuellar in collaboration with the Access to Justice Project at Seattle University Law School. Completed February, 2009. This video contains the personal stories of Washington residents who relied on the GA-U assistance program to get through some difficult times in their lives.Link to video
by Matt Geyman, published in the PCC Sound Consumer, April, 2008Link to Article
By Beth Colgan, first published in Clearinghouse Review, July-August 2007. Does a person represented by a unqualified, inexperienced, untrained, unsupervised, understaffed, and overworked lawyer have a well-grounded fear that he will not get effective legal assistance?Full Text
By Ishbel Dickens, first published in Clearinghouse Review, March-April 2007.
Ownership of a home without owning the underlying land can be a nightmare for owners of manufactured homes when landlords may seel the property without regarde to the fate of the tenants.Full Text
by Beth A. Colgan. First published in the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Vol. 5, Issue 1 (Fall/Winter 2006).Full Text
By Casey Trupin and Richard A. Wayman, first published in Clearinghouse Review, July-August 2005.Full Text