In 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court issued a call to action, stating that our legal system is failing to "deliver on the promise embedded in our nation's creed that liberty and justice be made available 'to all.'" Today, 76% of low income Washingtonians facing civil legal challenges do not get the help they need.
Unmet legal needs are on the rise among the most vulnerable in our community: those living in poverty, with a disability, the aging, survivors of domestic abuse, teens and the undocumented. Common needs include disillusions, landlord/tenant problems, guardianship, disability claims or school discipline. Without meaningful legal assistance, our neighbors often risk homelessness, miss or lose work, and children do not have safe and consistent parenting plans.
To address this critical gap, we have joined forces with a network of local lawyers here in the Methow. Our new volunteer attorney services program will help coordinate and organize attorneys to provide pro-bono or low cost legal services and build our staff's capacity to support our neighbors with basic legal assistance and case management. With the investment of our local attorneys, staff and larger community, this new program will connect our neighbors with a basic right: justice in our legal system.
Are you an attorney or know one who may be interested in joining us?Please call us at Room One to learn more: (509) 997-2050.