Legal Services Corporation (LSC)
The Legal Services Corporation provides funding to each state based on the number of people living in poverty, as well as grants for legal assistance to Native American and migrant farm worker communities. Congress created LSC in 1974 to provide financial support to non-profit organizations that provide civil legal aid to low-income people throughout the nation. The Northwest Justice Project is the sole recipient of LSC funds in Washington.
Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA)
Created by the Legislature in 2005, the Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) is an independent judicial branch agency that administers and oversees the use of state funds appropriated by the legislature for civil legal aid. OCLA contracts with the Northwest Justice Project (NJP) to help underwrite NJP’s regional client service offices, the statewide CLEAR client intake system, the statewide legal services self-help website, advocacy coordination and training for legal aid advocates throughout the state. OCLA is overseen by a bipartisan Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee.
Washington Association of County Law Libraries
County law libraries in Washington State were established in 1919 to provide access to legal information to the courts and the bar, and also to the public in counties which have the staff available. It is their collective mission to provide the best possible service to their communities, by connecting people to the information they need to effectively participate in the justice system. County law libraries strive to serve as a community access point for legal information and support those civil legal aid organizations who are actively involved in representing those in need.
Washington’s Law Schools
Students and faculty at the law schools of the University of Washington (Dean Kellye Y. Testy), Seattle University (Dean Annette Clark), and Gonzaga University (Dean Jane Korn) are a valuable resource for Alliance members and their clients. Programs such as Seattle University’s Access to Justice Institute, University of Washington’s William H. Gates Public Service Law Program, and the Gonzaga Center for Law and Justice play a crucial role in ensuring continued commitment to access to justice in Washington by instilling a passion for public interest law in young lawyers.