Welcome to Columbia Legal Services

No front page content has been created yet.

GiveBIG Together for Justice

When it comes to health, housing, workers' rights, and education, there's no such thing as a small impact. Columbia Legal Services is once again joining Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG campaign and suggesting that anything you give makes a BIG impact. More

Legislature Passes Bill to Assist Homeless Students
Bill to Support Homeless Students

The State Legislature passed the Homeless Student Stability and Opportunity Gap Act which will make Washington the first state in the nation to implement a new and innovative grant program to promote the creation of state-level school-housing partnerships. More

WA Supreme Court Decision Favors Farmworkers
WA Supreme Court Decision Favors Farmworkers

A unanimous decision by the Washington Supreme Court favors farmworkers who were threatened by a gun-toting foreman and fired after reporting his practice to law enforcement. The case returns to the Ninth Circuit where a previous class action award of $1,004,000 in damages will likely be upheld. More

Franklin County Prisoners Reach Settlement

We have reached a settlement in the class action we filed on behalf of detainees at the Franklin County Correctional Center. The suit claimed that detainees had been abused on a regular basis and that the jail failed to follow basic procedures designed to protect the health and safety of the people under its charge. More

Standing Up for Shelter For Everyone

We are working with advocates and people who are experiencing homelessness to oppose recent homeless eviction sweeps until everyone has access to shelter. More

If you have experienced a sweep and would like to tell us about it, please contact Yurij Rudensky at yurij.rudensky@columbialegal.org

Farm Worker Groups Call for Investigation of Effort to Lower Wages
Farm Worker Organizations Request Investigation of Alleged Cooperation Amongst Growers to Lower Farm Worker Wages

Four farm worker organizations are calling for an investigation into whether the Washington Farm Labor Association and potentially others engaged in unlawful activity to depress farm worker wages and working conditions. More


Vancouver Housing Authority Class Action Settlement


Foreclosure Working Group: Foreclosure rates soared in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, affecting countless Washington residents. The Foreclosure Working Group advocates for policy reforms and employs litigation to help families keep their homes. More


2006: CLS worked with stakeholders to enact legislation that provides tools to workers who have suffered wage-theft from employers who fail to pay wages due. Our advocacy helped to establish fair rules and enforcement to ensure that workers receive what they have earned. More