legal aid society


Also found in: Acronyms, Wikipedia.

legal aid society

n. an organization formed to assist persons who have limited or no financial means but need legal help, usually sponsored by the local bar association's donations, sometimes with some local governmental financial support. Such societies examine the assets and income of the applicant, decide if the person has a legitimate need for legal services, give counselling, provide mediation, prepare simple documents, and if absolutely necessary give free legal assistance from a panel of volunteer attorneys. Originally most prevalent in larger cities, legal aid societies exist throughout the country. They do not usually provide assistance in criminal cases because indigent defendants are constitutionally entitled to representation by a public defender or appointed private counsel paid by the government. Some societies provide referral services to help a person find a suitable attorney, but normally referral is made by the local bar association.

References in periodicals archive ?
Volunteering with Legal Aid Society is important to me because it reminds me why I became a lawyer in the first place -- to solve problems and address needs in my community," said Ann Pruitt, Legal Director and Volunteer of Distinction Winner.
Non-Profit Legal Assistance Project at Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County provides legal, human resources and risk management services on an annual basis exclusively to nonprofit organizations.
Hall was so impressed with the Legal Aid Society that she pursued working there until she joined the staff once again as an Equal Justice Works fellow, a two-year fellowship that allows lawyers to work on innovative legal projects on issues like domestic violence, homelessness, and juvenile justice.
The Legal Aid Society of San Francisco-Employment Law Center was founded in 1916 and is committed to protecting the rights and economic self-sufficiency of low-income and disadvantaged workers and their families.
Dial-A-Lawyer Event with Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, October 28, 9 a.
In unveiling the rebranding and new logo, the Society said, "The message is clear and crisp: The Legal Aid Society is more than a law firm for low income New Yorkers.
Founded in 1876, the Legal Aid Society is the oldest and largest not-for-profit organization in the nation with more than 25 facilities throughout the City's five boroughs and a staff of more than 1,450, including 850 lawyers.
Hynes has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society, where she led a team that successfully restructured the organization.
Shannin was sworn in as president of the Legal Aid Society of the OCBA.
This year's recipients were the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, Non-Traditional Employment for Women (NEW) and the Legal Aid Society for Single Stop.
Stepping up to the plate as a contender for deal-of-the-year is the recently completed transaction for about 150,000 square feet of space at 90 Church Street on behalf of the Legal Aid Society.
HCA grantees in the respective counties: National Health Law Program, statewide; Western Center on Law and Poverty, statewide; Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County; Legal Aid Society of San Diego; Legal Services of Northern California, Sacramento, Yolo, Eldorado and Placer counties; Bay Area Legal Aid, San Francisco and Alameda counties; Legal Aid Society of San Mateo; Central California Legal Services, Fresno County; Legal Aid Society of Orange County; California Rural Legal Assistance, Imperial County; Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Kern County.

Full browser ?