Category Archives: Funding

Provider profile – Legal Action of Wisconsin

  The legal problems faced by low-income people often threaten them with dire consequences: eviction, loss of income, domestic violence, loss of health care, homelessness, repossession of vehicles (which can result in the loss of employment) and more. These are the problems that Legal Action of Wisconsin (LAW) helps over 8,000 people address each year.Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Wisconsin moves forward on funding civil legal aid

We are pleased to report that on Friday, May 14, the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted unanimously to approve an amendment (pdf) to the 2015-17 state budget that allocates $1 million ($500,000 per year) for grants to provide civil legal aid services to low income abuse victims in Wisconsin. Jim Gramling, President of theContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Wisconsin equal justice conference recap

The Wisconsin Equal Justice Conference is an education forum for advocates on access to justice issues related to low-income and disadvantaged clients. More than 120 people attended this year’s biennial conference in Milwaukee on March 6, 2015. Sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin Legal Assistance Committee and Public Interest Law Section, as well as the WisconsinContinue ReadingContinue Reading

New funding for access to justice

This summer, thanks to a recent Wisconsin Supreme Court order, the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation and the Access to Justice Commission will each have a new source of revenue to support their access to justice missions as of July 1, 2014. The funds will be generated by an increased fee that out of state lawyers mustContinue Reading

New legal resource for Wisconsin veterans

Wisconsin veterans and their families who are at risk for homelessness now have a new legal resource thanks to a VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF) grant that funds a collaboration between Legal Action of Wisconsin (LAW) and the Center for Veterans Issues (CVI). The goal of the partnership is to provide freeContinue Reading

From victim to advocate – one survivor’s story

For years, Judy Woller slept facing the bedroom door, listening for the click of a gun being cocked. Woller’s husband objected to her spending time with other people and became upset when she wouldn’t quit her job or stop going to church. Over time, his anger escalated and he threatened to kill her and theirContinue Reading

Community foundation support for medical-legal partnership in Wausau

The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin has awarded Wisconsin Judicare a grant that will allow Judicare and Bridge Community Health Clinic (BCHC) to improve and continue their medical/legal partnership in Wausau. The Community Foundation, based in Wausau, is a nonprofit community corporation, created by and for the people of north central Wisconsin. It seeks,Continue Reading

The return on investing in access to justice

This story in the National Law Journal is just the latest example of how legal services programs and even legal services funding organizations are emphasizing the social “return on investment” that is generated by the work that they do. From the article: Page 14 of Legal Services Corp.’s proposed 2014 budget request to Congress bearsContinue Reading

Making access to justice a nonpartisan issue

When the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission meets on Friday it will be bittersweet due to the refusal by state legislators to take action that would remove Wisconsin from the list of only four states that provide no state funding to support civil legal services to the indigent. Volunteers from the Commission worked with staffContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Time to Make Legal Assistance for Abuse Victims a Priority

The Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission has released its Legal Services for Abuse Victims Proposal urging the Wisconsin Legislature to ensure that abuse victims in Wisconsin have access to the basic legal services they need to protect themselves and to begin rebuilding their lives. Working with the State Bar of Wisconsin and other stakeholders, the Commission isContinue ReadingContinue Reading