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.
A Medical-legal partnerships (MLP) integrates lawyers as a vital component of the healthcare team. MLP’s address social determinants of health and seek to eliminate barriers to healthcare in order to help vulnerable populations meet their basic needs and stay healthy. Legal Aid of Arkansas has been at the forefront of providing direct services through medical-legal partnerships in rural community health centers, at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and with community mental health agencies. We have also cultivated sustained corporate and pro bono commitments to the MLPs and leveraged the power of MLPs to effect meaningful systemic change for our clients.
We created four medical-legal partnerships in Arkansas. These MLP’s are at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Clarendon, Mariana, and West Memphis.
AmeriCorps Justice for Arkansas Project
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.
Spring Break on the Road to Justice
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.
Housing Rights and Consumer Protection Program
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.
Legal Aid of Arkansas Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
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.
Legal Aid of Arkansas’s Annual Back-2-School Bash
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.