The Access to Justice Board met with a group of 23 civil legal aid providers in 2015 to design a plan to realize the vision that poverty is not an impediment to justice. This group developed a draft State Plan for the Delivery of Civil Legal Aid. This Plan is intended to guide the collective efforts of the Alliance for Equal Justice for the next three years as we seek to expand access to the justice system and to identify and eliminate barriers that perpetuate poverty and deny justice.
We intend the plan to be a universal tool that all Alliance for Equal Justice legal services providers and partners can use to guide their work. Taken as a whole, the draft plan provides a framework for organizations to work together to expand access to justice. Not every organization is positioned to implement each part of the Plan and we expect programs and partners to identify the ways in which they are best positioned to implement specific goals using specific strategies.
We need your help to finalize a plan that is relevant to your work and the needs you see in your stakeholder communities. We ask that you review the draft plan and share with us your feedback. You may submit written comments to the Access to Justice Board via email at email@example.com by April 17, 2017. You may also submit comments through the following survey by April 17, 2017. These comments will be considered prior to the ATJ Board’s adoption of a final plan in May.
If you have questions about the State Plan, the Alliance for Equal Justice, or the Access to Justice Board, please contact Terra Nevitt at (206) 727-8282 or TerraN@wsba.org.