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Justice Projects

  • Legal Aid of Arkansas is a public interest, not-for-profit law firm dedicated to assuring equal access to justice in civil matters for low-income Arkansans. We are a recognized national leader in the deployment of innovative service models, having led the implementation of Medical-Legal Partnerships in the state.

    We created four medical-legal partnerships in Arkansas. These MLP’s are at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Clarendon, Mariana, and West Memphis.

  • The Equal Justice Works fellowship focuses on students with unmet special education needs. Approximately 80,000 Arkansas students have special education needs. Low-income special education students are particularly vulnerable to mistreatment or illegal treatment. There are many legal protections available to special education students. Some of the students and their families may not know about their rights or options. Additionally, the students may not have access to legal services. Mary Claire’s project focuses on getting students the help they need by giving medical providers the right tools.

  • Poverty is the single most defining characteristic of whether a person will succeed in life. Poverty is the best indicator of whether a person will have good health, live in a safe environment, and obtain a good education. Just as poverty defines the likelihood of success or failure for people, it often determines how a person will be treated by the justice system in this country and whether our system of laws will protect their interests.

    Justice for Arkansans AmeriCorps members work to empower low to moderate income Arkansans to advocate for their legal rights, increasing access to justice for Arkansas’ poor.

    We invite you to join the social justice movement and become an individual who changes the way poor people access legal services in Arkansas.

  • Legal Aid of Arkansas has led the annual Road to Justice Project since 2011. Legal aid staff, pro bono attorneys, and law students travel across northern Arkansas or the delta to assist low-income Arkansans with legal, conducting legal intakes and working side-by-side to assist clients on the spot.

  • The LAA Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LAA-LITC) serve Arkansans who have IRS problems and whose income is below a certain level.  The clinic focuses on four main services to low-income Arkansans taxpayers including: education about taxpayer ‘s rights and responsibilities;  free representation in IRS tax disputes; outreach to low-income Arkansan taxpayers speaking English as a 2nd language; and identifaction, and advocacy, for issues that affect low-income taxpayers.

  • Each year the staff of Legal Aid of Arkansas donates free school supplies for its Annual Back-2-School Bash that is usually held to support the youth in a small rural delta town.  Legal Aid of Arkansas strives to help low-income families in the Arkansas Delta, an area among the most impoverished in the United States.

  • The Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas has developed a special housing litigation team of attorneys, housing advocates and partnering counselors to handle foreclosure and foreclosure related issues. We serve low-income Arkansans in all 75 counties in the state.

    This program has been made possible as a result of a $2 million distribution that the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office made to the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission to provide equal access to justice for Arkansans affected by the mortgage crisis. That distribution followed negotiation of a landmark multibillion dollar settlement with five of the nation’s largest banks over allegations of fraud and abuse within the mortgage industry.

  • The Arkansas Legal Services Partnership (ALSP) website was launched in 2004 as a statewide effort representing both the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas. It has two primary goals, to provide clear, concise and relevant legal information for low-income Arkansans and to provide poverty law resources for legal aid advocates, pro bono attorneys and other members of the justice community.

    Justice Technology is one way that the Arkansas Legal Services Partnership, the pro bono community and the Access to Justice Commission is attempting to provide assistance to the state of Arkansas.