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.
JGP Toolkit

JGP is moving! In June 2021, The Justice in Government Project Toolkit, including its Grants Matrices, library of research briefs with their easy-to-use bitesize findings, and COVID-19 and data resources, will move to NLADA’s page. Learn more here.


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.

In June 2021, NLADA’s LegalAidResources site will become the new home of the JGP Toolkit, which features a curated library of research briefs about civil legal aid, our Grants Matrix and funding FAQs, state examples, publications and resources, and additional tools related to civil legal aid.


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.

Just Research

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. Read previous issues of the newsletter here, or subscribe below.

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