June 2015

Author:
Aurora Martin

This week, I declare I am in love with justice – even with all its imperfections and the often confining means of law and policy through which it works, and the painful trail of struggles of our splintered but shared history, justice continues to promise hope, protection, and dignity.

Justice this week, manifest in the long awaited decisions the U.S. Supreme Court issued in upholding the Affordable Care Act, key elements of the... More

Author:
Aurora Martin, Director

On June 19th—Juneteenth—I awoke and went to my place of worship to pray that we shall someday overcome hate, find the courage to seek peace and be instruments of love to build justice. That I have the privilege to do this, in light of the hate-filled acts of violence in an historic Charleston church last week, feels somehow unfair. The institutional violence against people of color, and now amplified for all of us in real time via social media, has almost become a numbing spectacle. What is so difficult to honestly wrestle with—for our country, culture, media, and institutions of power—is... More

Author:
John Midgley, Of Counsel

Columbia Legal Services (CLS) works for justice and equity for our clients in many arenas, including public policy work, innovative community partnerships, and work in the courts to assert and expand our clients’ rights. During June and July our work in federal and state appellate courts takes center stage, as CLS Lawyers will be representing clients in five cases which have been granted review because of the important issues at stake.

These cases argued by CLS will determine important legal rights for thousands of people across the state: workers and farm workers, children who... More

Author:
Aurora Martin

In just a few days, John Midgley, CLS Advocacy Director of many years, will receive the Access to Justice Leadership Award honoring his 39 year career devoted to civil legal aid and equal justice. John will be officially retiring at the end of June, and we have been thanking him in little and big ways throughout the past few months—with a toast and flash mob at our annual Pro Bono Reception, a MVP baseball jersey, and a special thanks with the... More