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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.

  • With funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), Legal Aid of Arkansas is affirmatively furthering fair housing in Arkansas by providing comprehensive fair housing education and outreach services throughout the state. Legal Aid is partnering with community organizations and housing authorities across the state to increase understanding of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) among Arkansans, including previously underserved populations who may be at risk of housing discrimination.

  • 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 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.

  • In 2016, the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation received $4,490,240 in funding in connection with the 2014 Bank of America Mortgage Settlement. The funds are to be used for foreclosure prevention and community redevelopment legal assistance. The designated recipients of the grant are Arkansas’s two civil legal services providers, Legal Aid of Arkansas and the Center for Arkansas Legal Services. The funds are dispersed based on percentage of poverty population, with the grant period beginning in December, 2016 and being renewed annually for five years thereafter.

  • 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.