In 2004, Washington’s legal aid community of providers and supporters formed the Alliance for Equal Justice to increase client service capacity through efficient and effective collaboration.
Each year, the Alliance for Equal Justice helps more than 70,000 vulnerable, low-income people in Washington secure justice through its network of civil legal aid providers and programs, which help low-income people with comprehensive legal information, advice, and representation.
The Alliance is comprised of lawyers, judges, legal workers, volunteers and community leaders committed to the fair, effective, and inclusive administration of civil justice in Washington State. In partnership with clients and communities of low-income and vulnerable people, The Alliance works to expand meaningful access to the civil justice system and to identify and eliminate barriers that deny justice and perpetuate poverty.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Civil legal aid (also referred to as “legal aid”) is free legal information, advice, and representation for qualifying low-income individuals and families. Through a range of services, legal aid helps people protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families. These services can be the difference between hunger and food on the table, bankruptcy and economic stability, or domestic violence and safety. For examples of legal aid services, check out Alliance success stories.
Fair and equal justice is a guiding principle of our society. Equal justice under the law is a fundamental American value – engraved on the U.S. Supreme Court building and taught in classrooms across our country. Civil legal aid helps to fulfill our country’s promise of justice for all, not just those who can afford it.
"As a unified Alliance, we are working towards ensuring access to justice positively impacts thousands of low-income people that require legal aid services to meet their basic human needs."− Patrick Palace, 2013-2014 WSBA President
"As an Alliance, we share a deep commitment to serve and advocate alongside our clients as we seek justice. CLS’ vision of justice is that when people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more equitable and inclusive society is possible."− Aurora Martin, Columbia Legal Services Executive Director
"Pro bono services and legal aid programs are critical to helping the most vulnerable in our community enforce their rights and protections under the law."− Bob Ferguson, State Attorney General