legal aid


: aid provided by an organization established especially to serve the legal needs of the poor

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California, a legal aid and civil rights organization, has organized a fund for the victims of the shooting. Adam Yamaguchi, CBS News, 25 Jan. 2023 Advancing Justice — a legal aid and civil rights organization supporting Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders — launched the Monterey Park Lunar New Year Victims Fund on Sunday for those directly affected by the tragedy. Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2023 About 80% of times in which tenants appealed their evictions, the cases were dismissed, ruled in favor of tenants, abated or sometimes deemed unlawful, leaving legal aid experts to question due process in justice of the peace courts. Dallas News, 9 Jan. 2023 There have been efforts to change the records, largely pushed by legal aid advocates, Shay said. Ginny Monk, Hartford Courant, 21 Dec. 2022 Provides people living with HIV/AIDS with wraparound services including housing assistance, legal aid, addiction recovery, and food programs to address the root causes and impacts of systemic poverty. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 20 Dec. 2022 But that process can be inaccessible to many because there are limited legal aid resources to help people who can't afford a lawyer. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 26 Nov. 2022 City Hall will rack up the costs thanks to offering shelter, healthcare, education and legal aid to thousands of migrants who have been bussed to the city by Republican state governments in Florida and Texas, according to the New York Post. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 14 Nov. 2022 Stanislas Eskenazi volunteered with Brussels’ legal aid service, typically helping petty criminals. Monika Pronczuk, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of legal aid was in 1890

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“Legal aid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Legal Definition

legal aid

: aid provided by an organization established to serve the legal needs of the poor

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