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Exposing Gaps in Pesticide Protections

When pesticides applied in one location drift and land on people working nearby, exposure can cause immediate and long-term illness. CLS joined forces with the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides to investigate pesticide drift in Washington and suggest protective measures. More

2017 Legislative Priorities

We are actively working on behalf of our client communities during the 2017 WA State legislative session to ensure that everyone across our state has access to justice, strong & enforceable rights for workers, consumers, & voters, plus the stability & opportunity necessary to achieve their dreams. More

Weighing in on Proposed City of Seattle Sweep Rules

CLS is joining SCLC to comment on the City of Seattle's proposed rules on encampment removals. Vague wording in the proposed rules leaves people who are experiencing homelessness vulnerable to removal without protections. More

No New Youth Jail

CLS is joining EPIC (Ending the Prison Industrial Complex) and Smith & Lowney PLLC in the pending appeal of the proposed new youth jail slated to be built in Seattle's Central District. We are following the lead of community based organizations, faith leaders, and concerned individuals to halt construction of the new jail. More

Affordable Access to Medical Care

Columbia Legal Services works to ensure that Washington families are able to access affordable medical care without falling into financial ruin. One unplanned health emergency should not lead to a devastating cycle of debt.


Settlement Reached in Hep C Class Action


Sustainable Solutions: The Seattle City Council is considering an ordinance, originally drafted by CLS & ACLU-WA, that provides a framework for how the City engages in campsite removals while being more responsive to the needs of people experiencing homelessness and neighborhood concerns. More


2002-2007: State and federal agents intimidated primarily Spanish-speaking childcare providers and accused them of fraud. Our advocacy resulted in the fraud claims being dropped, damage awards to the affected providers, and changes to the investigative procedures of DSHS. More