December 18, 2016 by Marilyn Napier, Skagit Valley Herald
The need for civil legal aid among low-income people in Washington is growing according to a 2015 study. People representing themselves in court can face multiple obstacles, including not knowing legal procedures, having unreasonable expectations about how the case will end, and not fully understanding their legal issues, Riquelme said.
April 18, 2015 by Steve O'Ban and Cyrus Habib, The Seattle Times
EVERY year the Legislature enacts hundreds of bills. When signed into law by the governor, these acts define legal rights, assign legal responsibilities or regulate behavior. Many do all three. For our democracy to work, these laws must work for everyone, including people like Paul and Mya.
Paul is a 62-year-old disabled Vietnam War veteran. He was homeless and living in a van after being unable to pay his rent when he turned to legal aid for help. An attorney with the nonprofit Northwest Justice Project helped him apply for rental assistance for veterans.
Twice as many veterans in rural areas will be able to go to a doctor near their home after a policy change made Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The change follows a scathing report less than 24 hours earlier on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," which featured a KUOW story.
January 8, 2015 By Sarah Stuteville, The Seattle Times
Her English-Spanish language courtroom in Des Moines’ Municipal Court is about to shut down, but Judge Veronica Alicea Galván, who has been appointed to the King County Superior Court bench, foresees a day when bilingual courts are not unusual.