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Gov. Inslee Signs the YEAR Act

The YEAR Act, signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in May 2015, will help thousands of youth across Washington get access to jobs, housing, and educational opportunities. Bill champions Sen. Steve O' Ban and Rep. Ruth Kagi (pictured) are joined by CLS advocates and allies at the bill's signing. More

Jerri Katzerman
May Day Brings New Advocacy Director

On May Day 2015, Columbia Legal Services started another exciting chapter of Working for Justice with our new Advocacy Director Jerri Katzerman! More.

Vancouver Housing Authority Class Action Settlement

The Vancouver Housing Authority must mail a Class Notice to those tenants included in the Settlement by May 26, 2015. Class Members must take action by July 1, 2015 to opt-out, object to the terms of the settlement or speak at the Fairness Hearing. More

Power of Social Media for Legal Aid

Social media can help civil legal aid organizations drive our advocacy and mission, plus help shift the narrative around poverty and inequality. See what CLS has learned in the latest issue of the Management Information Exchange Journal. More

Modern Day Debtors' Prisons

Washington courts are locking up people for being poor. A report by CLS and the ACLU of Washington describes how the burden of court-mandated fines and fees leads to poverty, and frequently, jail time. More

Ensuring Access to Healthcare for Low-Income Immigrants

Washington hospitals were improperly denying immigrants access to "charity care," a crucial safety net for the working poor. Our advocacy reversed discriminatory billing practices and empowered immigrant families to escape crushing medical debts. More


Vancouver Housing Authority Class Action Settlement