Get Involved

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Whether you are looking for volunteer opportunities or ways to financially support civil legal aid, there are a number of ways to get involved.

Serve on the Office of Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee

The Access to Justice Board seeks letters of interest from individuals eligible for civil legal aid who are interested in being considered for appointment by the Washington Supreme Court to the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA), reviewing the performance of the OCLA Director and making recommendations to the Legislature, the Supreme Court and the Access to Justice Board on matters relating to the delivery of state-funded civil legal aid services.

This position is reserved for folks with lived experience from communities most harmed by the law and justice system and who are eligible to receive civil legal aid services. To be eligible, the individual must have an income that does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty level at the time of appointment. The person in this position will be compensated for their time on the Oversight Committee. The term begins immediately and ends June 2025. The individual will be eligible for reappointed to a three-year term.

More details can be found here. The deadline to apply is February 26, 2024, and applications can be sent to atj@wsba.org

Volunteer to Do Legal Work

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There are numerous volunteer lawyer programs across Washington State that are recruiting for volunteer lawyers from a range of practice areas. To learn about opportunities in your geographic and practice areas, visit the Washington State Bar Associations’s website for a list of Qualified Legal Service Providers.

 

Provide Legal Services to Moderate Means Individuals

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The Washington State Bar Association manages a Moderate Means Program, which connects middle-income earners with lawyers who offer legal assistance at a reduced cost. Visit the Washington State Bar Association’s website to learn how to get involved.

 

 

Volunteer on an Access to Justice Committee

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The Access to Justice Board relies on the dedication and expertise of volunteers to serve on its standing committees and task forces. The Board welcomes involvement from legal professionals as well as others who have an interest in civil legal aid. Learn more about the Board’s committees and volunteer opportunities.

 

Give to the Campaign for Equal Justice

Campaign for Equal Justice LogoThe Campaign for Equal Justice is our state’s only coordinated, annual fund drive for civil legal aid, and the fundraising arm of the Legal Foundation of Washington. To learn more about the impact of the Campaign and how to give, visit legalfoundation.org/the-campaign-for-equal-justice.

 

Support the Equal Justice Coalition

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The Equal Justice Coalition (EJC) ensures that people are treated equally and fairly before the law by educating policymakers and the public about the importance of civil legal aid in our communities and advocating for sufficient public funding for civil legal aid on behalf of low-income people in Washington State. To learn more about the EJC’s work and to sign up to be kept up to date on important legal aid issues through Action Alerts, visit www.ejc.org.