The Associates' Committee supports organizations that provide direct legal services to those that cannot afford them. In addition, we support organizations that use impact litigation to address a specific set of entrenched legal problems.

Please see below for the full list of causes we support. 

General Access to Civil Legal Aid

 In a majority of U.S. states, there is fewer than one legal aid attorney for every 10,000 low-income Americans who qualify for legal aid. That must change. 

In a majority of U.S. states, there is fewer than one legal aid attorney for every 10,000 low-income Americans who qualify for legal aid. That must change. 

ACCESS TO EDUCATION

 Take any issue in American society - whether drug use, income inequality, or homelessness - and you will find that lack of education is among the central causes. Attorneys play a key role in maximizing children's educational opportunities. 

Take any issue in American society - whether drug use, income inequality, or homelessness - and you will find that lack of education is among the central causes. Attorneys play a key role in maximizing children's educational opportunities. 

homelessness prevention

 Throughout the United States, tenants face eviction without the assistance of counsel.  Legal representation can literally mean the difference between a warm bed and a wet bench. 

Throughout the United States, tenants face eviction without the assistance of counsel. Legal representation can literally mean the difference between a warm bed and a wet bench. 

CIVIL LIBERTIES

 Unlawful searches; censorship; discrimination; police brutality. While the Constitution protects against these and other government abuses, relief is not automatic.  We need public interest lawyers to continue to stand with the aggrieved and fight to protect our fundamental liberties.  

Unlawful searches; censorship; discrimination; police brutality. While the Constitution protects against these and other government abuses, relief is not automatic.  We need public interest lawyers to continue to stand with the aggrieved and fight to protect our fundamental liberties.  

veterans' rights

 All too commonly, veterans find that legal obstacles stand between them and the benefits to which they are entitled. With the assistance of counsel, our veterans can more easily access both service and non-service connected benefits. 

All too commonly, veterans find that legal obstacles stand between them and the benefits to which they are entitled. With the assistance of counsel, our veterans can more easily access both service and non-service connected benefits. 

campaign finance reform

 Our current campaign finance system creates a number of perverse incentives, forcing our elected officials to focus more on fundraising than governing.  Impact litigation will be critical to reversing that trend. 

Our current campaign finance system creates a number of perverse incentives, forcing our elected officials to focus more on fundraising than governing.  Impact litigation will be critical to reversing that trend. 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & CONSERVATION

  We must ensure clean and healthy communities - especially for those that live closest to sources of pollution.  Sadly, that often requires litigation, and the attorneys fighting those battles need our support. 

We must ensure clean and healthy communities - especially for those that live closest to sources of pollution.  Sadly, that often requires litigation, and the attorneys fighting those battles need our support. 

GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

 Gun violence plagues the United States in particularly dramatic, and tragic, fashion. Even the most reasonable of efforts to reduce it are met with well-organized and well-funded resistance. There may be no simple solution for gun violence in America, but at the very least, we need attorneys to defend the constitutionality of laws and policies that can reduce it.  

Gun violence plagues the United States in particularly dramatic, and tragic, fashion. Even the most reasonable of efforts to reduce it are met with well-organized and well-funded resistance. There may be no simple solution for gun violence in America, but at the very least, we need attorneys to defend the constitutionality of laws and policies that can reduce it.  

women's health & reproductive rights

 Limiting women's access to healthcare causes significantly more problems than it solves. No woman should be denied access to safe and affordable healthcare - those who are should have an advocate who will stand by their side. 

Limiting women's access to healthcare causes significantly more problems than it solves. No woman should be denied access to safe and affordable healthcare - those who are should have an advocate who will stand by their side. 

immigrants' rights

 Members of the immigrant community are particularly susceptible to civil rights abuses. In 2013, over 80% of those deported did not have a hearing before a judge. And roughly 70% did not have legal representation. 

Members of the immigrant community are particularly susceptible to civil rights abuses. In 2013, over 80% of those deported did not have a hearing before a judge. And roughly 70% did not have legal representation. 

criminal justice reform

 Mass incarceration; police militarization; rampant recidivism. Our criminal justice system is failing us. Attorneys are among those who must lead the fight for reform.  

Mass incarceration; police militarization; rampant recidivism. Our criminal justice system is failing us. Attorneys are among those who must lead the fight for reform.  

HUMAN RIGHTS

 Human rights and humanitarian law are relatively new and still evolving. Their need is sadly, but abundantly, apparent. We must support the attorneys working to innovate in this space and improve the mechanisms that exist to protect fundamental human rights worldwide. 

Human rights and humanitarian law are relatively new and still evolving. Their need is sadly, but abundantly, apparent. We must support the attorneys working to innovate in this space and improve the mechanisms that exist to protect fundamental human rights worldwide. 

voting rights

 Voting rights are under attack nationwide as states pass laws designed to make it harder for Americans - especially minorities, the elderly, students and the disabled - to exercise their fundamental right to vote. 

Voting rights are under attack nationwide as states pass laws designed to make it harder for Americans - especially minorities, the elderly, students and the disabled - to exercise their fundamental right to vote. 

domestic violence prevention

 1 in 4 women in the United States will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime. That is a national crisis. Access to legal assistance is one of the biggest indicators of whether a survivor will be able to leave her abuser and find safety. 

1 in 4 women in the United States will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime. That is a national crisis. Access to legal assistance is one of the biggest indicators of whether a survivor will be able to leave her abuser and find safety. 


If your organization works to address one of these issues,

apply for an Associates' Committee grant.