Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Executive Director's Desk

"I didn't know about legal aid"

Northwestern Legal Services has been in existence for over 38 years. In that time, we served countless people needing free civil legal aid.

Even though we have such an extensive "track record" in providing services in our area, it continues to surprise me that many people do not know that civil legal aid exists or who provides civil legal aid. Many times, I hear staff members at Northwestern Legal Services ask the question of clients "How come you didn't call us earlier?" Many times the response is "I didn't know about legal aid."

So even after 38 years, we are still trying to ensure that all people know about Northwestern Legal Services.

How do we do this? We explore using different media and different methods of getting information to our communities. We have a newsletter, a cable access television show, and a radio show. Recently we have rented billboard advertising in hopes that more people would know about free legal aid. We have quite an extensive website at www.nwls.org .

We also provide community legal education and outreach throughout our service area to the public and to human services providers who refer many people to our offices. We continue to try to expand the cases we take as well as the legal information and telephone advice we provide. Now, Northwestern Legal Services has more attorneys and paralegals on staff than in the last 15 years.

Please help us "get the word out." Please share this newsletter with anyone that you think is interested. Please tell your family, your neighbors and your friends about us so that anyone who is eligible for free legal aid will know about us. We appreciate your help.

Very truly yours,

Robert A. Oakley, Esq.
NWLS Executive Director