Established in 1968, Legal Action of Wisconsin (Legal Action) is a non-profit law firm that ensures equal justice for low-income people. Legal Action operates using the following core principles:
- Equal justice should have no price tag for low-income people. Legal Action’s services and all filing fees, court costs, interpreters, and translations are provided free of charge to clients.
- Low-income persons can best achieve equal justice by having a lawyer represent them.
- Our clients need legal help at all levels to achieve equal justice – from administrative and fact-finding hearings to Circuit Courts to Appellate Courts to the Wisconsin and U.S. Supreme Courts.
- Our services will be of the highest quality – just as if our clients had the means to pay for legal services.
- The civil legal problems of low-income people have a critical impact on the individual and the community. Our legal work prevents people from going hungry and people from becoming homeless. We help family violence and elder abuse victims be safe and independent. We obtain income, medical insurance, and licenses for workers.
- The current legal needs of our clients direct our work. We survey and study the legal needs of low-income people and develop services to meet those needs.
- We direct our advocacy at improving and changing the systems that affect many people.
With offices in six cities, Legal Action serves 39 southern Wisconsin counties with 55 staff attorneys and about 50 support staff. Legal Action's work is funded by many different public and private sources, including the federally-funded Legal Services Corporation, and has hundreds of active volunteer attorneys who supplement, enhance, and support our staff attorneys' case work.