Anti-Poverty Impact of Civil Legal Aid

Recounts the history of anti-poverity civil legal aid and finds that it helps clients avoid costs, stabilize their lives, receive benefits, and rise from poverty. (65-page PDF)

Shen-Jaffe, Ada 2012

Director of Columbia Legal Services and Evergreen Legal Services, both statewide civil legal aid programs, from 1986 through 2004 in Washington State. Also served on ABA’s SCLAID and in other leading roles.

Free Justice

Important new history published June 2020. Includes focus on the organized legal profession’s role and attitudes.

The Beginnings of the Legal Services Corporation

Judge Tatel has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since 1994. The 5-page article is his remarks delivered at the LSC’s 45th anniversary luncheon and focuses on the transition from the OEO Legal Services Program to the LSC.

Miranda v. Arizona

Under the Fifth Amendment, any statements that a defendant in custody makes during an interrogation are admissible as evidence at a criminal trial only if law enforcement told the defendant of the right to remain silent and the right to speak with an attorney before the interrogation started, and the rights were either exercised or waived in a knowing, voluntary, and intelligent manner.

Clinton Bamberger: Life

Clinton Bamberger, a giant in legal aid, was a friend and mentor to me and many others in the civil legal aid movement. He was the the first director of the federal civil legal aid program and its architect, along with his deputy Earl Johnson.

Brady v. Maryland

Suppression by the prosecution of evidence favorable to an accused who has requested it violates due process where the evidence is material either to guilt or to punishment, irrespective of the good faith or bad faith of the prosecution.