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Legal Groups Brace for New Surge in Need for Legal Aid

4.2.2020
After seeking $100 million in response to COVID-19 outbreak, Legal Services Corporation (LSC) finds some relief in the $50 million grant awarded as part of the COVID-19 stimulus package. While economic activity is at a standstill, the need for civil legal aid is growing and will soon become... Continue reading >

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland sees spike in need for civil legal services

4.1.2020
Melanie Shakarian, director of development for Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, estimates that 30 percent of Northeast Ohio was eligible for civil legal aid before the COVID-19 pandemic. “With all of the layoffs that have happened and people who have found themselves in a new financial reality,... Continue reading >

Coronavirus-related cancellations, changes for Central Illinois: What you need to know

3.23.2020
Prairie State Legal Services: Offices closed. Call your attorney about phone or video meetings. Continue reading >

Second coronavirus case at Cleveland VA comes as hospital restricts visitors, moves appointments online

3.20.2020
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland also assists veterans, and is keeping its intake line open for them to report issues. The coronavirus threat is fluid, so it’s unclear if it could present any challenges unique to veterans, said Melanie Shakarian, the society’s director of development and... Continue reading >

Reno court is still conducting evictions, giving tenants more time to respond

3.20.2020
Following calls from legal aid services and housing advocates for a moratorium, Reno Justice Court reversed its decision to continue processing evictions through the coronavirus shutdown. Earlier this week, the Nevada Coalition of Legal Service Providers — which includes Legal Aid Center of... Continue reading >

Legal aid won't halt during COVID-19 outbreak

3.19.2020
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA will continue to provide free civil legal aid in Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties, officials said. The non-profit legal organization will continue to accept applications through its toll-free telephone Helpline (877-429-5994) and online application... Continue reading >

Atlanta Firms Go Remote: Updates During the Coronavirus Crisis

3.19.2020
Legal Aid closed all physical offices to the public on March 16 and instituted a mandatory remote work policy for all employees. Continue reading >

Leon Sheriff, Court Clerk Seek Guidance On Evictions As Other Counties Begin Postponements

3.18.2020
Legal Services of North Florida and some 20 other aid groups are asking the Florida Supreme Court to stop evictions statewide. Continue reading >

Legal aid worried about aftermath of coronavirus

3.18.2020
Legal aid providers in Indiana are still serving clients as the coronavirus storm gathers strength, but they are worried about the surge they anticipate will come after the outbreak has passed. Indianapolis Legal Aid Society and Indiana Legal Services remain open, with their intake systems... Continue reading >

Pro bono groups transition to remote services amid virus outbreak

3.18.2020
Normally, HPRP offers in-person services at shelters, soup kitchens and courthouses, among other locations throughout the state. With many places now closed, HPRP, like other nonprofits such as Maryland Legal Aid , has posted instructions on the door for how clients can reach the office by phone or... Continue reading >

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