legal aid


Definition of legal aid

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

Examples of legal aid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At least 975 women and girls were raped in the first nine months of 2020 in Bangladesh, according to Ain o Salish Kendra, a Bangladeshi human rights and legal aid organization based in capital city, Dhaka. Sugam Pokharel, CNN, "Bangladesh to allow death penalty for convicted rapists," 12 Oct. 2020 But thousands of desperate families in South Florida have been driven to food banks, legal aid and mental health programs in an attempt to survive the lingering pandemic. Andrew Boryga,, "The pandemic is pushing people to financial ruin. And the worst hardships lie ahead," 11 Oct. 2020 In a complaint to OSHA about Blaine Larsen Farms, the legal aid office wrote that workers were not adequately protected. Star Tribune, "Agriculture workers risk safety and health during pandemic," 26 Sep. 2020 Workers who have lost jobs or wages during the coronavirus pandemic will be able to receive virtual counseling through the Loyola Center on a sliding pay scale — with no one turned away for lack of funds — and free civil legal aid through SLLS., "Gambit's Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down for Sept. 21," 21 Sep. 2020 Cusimano said one person requested her legal aid in a similar matter. Faimon Roberts,, "NRA, others offer support to Harvey student suspended for handling BB gun during virtual class," 27 Sep. 2020 Relatively few people who need help find their way to legal aid. Jeff Ernsthausen, ProPublica, "Capital One and Other Debt Collectors Are Still Coming for Millions of Americans," 8 June 2020 So have landlord associations, tenant advocates, legal aid lawyers, housing researchers, public health experts and economists. Emily Badger New York Times, Star Tribune, "Why an eviction ban alone won't prevent a housing crisis," 6 Sep. 2020 Evictions proceedings resumed in court this week, with advocates and politicians urging Hogan to put more money into rental assistance and legal aid for tenants at risk of losing their homes. Emily Opilo,, "Maryland to enter stage three of coronavirus recovery plan, allowing all businesses — including movie theaters — to reopen," 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of legal aid

1890, in the meaning defined above

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17 Oct 2020

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“Legal aid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of legal aid

: money provided by a special organization to pay legal fees for people who cannot pay them themselves

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Legal Definition of legal aid

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

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