The Justice in Government Project (JGP) helps state and local officials and their partners leverage civil legal aid to accomplish shared policy and program goals.
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COVID-19 Resources

  • The Justice in Government Project and NLADA have created a new federal funding resource that provides information about COVID-19 related appropriations, law, and agency guidance relevant to various non-LSC federal funding sources of civil legal aid.
  • Karen Lash recently discussed the federal block/formula/open-ended reimbursement funding opportunities that are available to state and local courts navigating COVID-19 in the third video of the National Center for State Courts new Tiny Chat video series. Watch "Federal Pass-Through Funding," and see the companion Grants Matrix


Justice for all improves lives and sustains our democracy. While some people know that civil legal aid serves those same ends, too few realize how civil legal aid also makes government more effective, efficient, and fair. The Justice in Government Project (JGP) works to turn that secret into common knowledge.

At The Justice in Government Project (JGP), through training and technical assistance and our online Toolkit, we help state and local officials and their partners leverage civil legal aid to accomplish shared policy and program goals, enabling people and communities to access housing, health care, safety, jobs, and many other basic necessities.


Our deepest thanks to the Open Society Foundations, Public Welfare Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation for supporting The JGP.

The JGP also thanks the Legal Aid Association of California, Office of Civil Legal Aid in Washington State, Massachusetts Legal Aid Corporation, Michigan Poverty Law Program, Social Finance, Pew Research Center, National Association of Victims Assistance Administrators, Self-Represented Litigation Network, National Center for Access to Justice, Voices for Civil Justice, and federal staff at the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Corporation for National and Community Service for their support, edits, and input. Special thanks also to our partners at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, and the California, Wisconsin, Arizona, Oklahoma, Hawaii, and Mississippi Access to Justice Commissions, IOLTA programs in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland, and executive directors and staff of countless legal aid programs throughout the country.

The JGP is a component of the Justice Programs Office at American University. For more information, please contact Karen Lash at and Karlee Naylon at

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Featured Article

Karlee Naylon and Karen Lash published an article in the April 2020 edition of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children's Bureau newsletter. It explains how legal aid can help prevent families' legal issues from escalating and provides examples of how states can utilize federal funds to support legal services to keep families together.


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JGP and NLADA's Just Research Newsletter

Just Research presents topical research, useful data sources, legislative updates, and sources of federal funding that can support legal aid. See previous issues of the newsletter here, or subscribe below.

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