What is Legal Services Alabama?
Legal Services Alabama (LSA) is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to justice and free quality civil legal assistance to educate and empower Alabama's low-income community from nine offices located in: Anniston, Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Opelika, Selma and Tuscaloosa.
Legal Services Alabama offices handle civil cases only. Each office has lawyers licensed to practice in Alabama and other staff who know how to help low-income people resolve their legal problems.
How does LSA help people?
By providing representation on critical legal matters in judicial and administrative forums
By providing timely legal counsel and advice
Through community education about rights and responsibilities ("preventative" law)
By providing effective mediation services that help clients and keep disputes out of the court system
Through development and distribution of legal self-help materials and forms
What LSA CAN'T do:
As a recipient of federal funds, LSA is restricted by Congress as to some of the work it is allowed to do. LSA:
Does not handle criminal cases
Does not accept fee-generating cases that private attorneys are willing to accept on a contingency fee basis
Cannot do class actions, rulemaking, lobbying, litigation on behalf of prisoners or represent certain categories of aliens