THE WASHINGTON STATE OFFICE OF CIVIL LEGAL AID. Status Report to the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors January 17, 2008. WHAT DOES THE OCLA DO?. Simply stated â€¦ We work to get state funding to meet the civil legal needs of low income people in Washington State
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Status Report to the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors
January 17, 2008
Simply stated …
*The “Justice Gap” is the difference between the existing level of state funding and the level of funding needed to address the civil legal needs documented in the Civil Legal Needs Study.
Funding crisis affecting core components of the justice system in Washington State is documented in reports published by:
(1) Contract with qualified legal aid providers to provide effective and economical civil legal aid services to eligible low income residents throughout Washington
(2) Oversee and ensure accountability of legal aid providers to the requirements governing state-appropriated legal aid funding
(3) Develop and submit biennial budget requests
(4) Report biennially on the status of state-funded legal aid
See Handout on Washington State Civil Legal Aid Organizational Relationships
Federal Legal Services Corporation (LSC)
Specialty Providers Serving Clients Ineligible for OCLA/LSC $$ ($5.9 M/year)
Special Projects and Statewide Support
For VLP &
Grants to VLP and Specialty Providers include OCLA/IOLTA/C4EJ $$
State of Washington Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA)
20 Local Volunteer Attorney Programs
6 Local and Statewide Specialized Legal Aid Providers
State Appropriated $$
July 1, 2004
July 1, 2008
*The “Justice Gap” is the difference between the existing level of state funding and the level of funding needed to address the civil legal needs in state-authorized areas of legal representation documented in the Civil Legal Needs Study.
Justice is still in jeopardy.
*These figures do not include non-census based populations including residents of correctional and long term care institutions and people here without color of legal authority.
A mother of three who is a victim of severe domestic violence writes:
“There are truly no words that can express the gift that one receives when you’re given the help to get your life back. Without the resources of the legal aid program, I honestly can’t even begin to imagine where I would still be.”