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Volunteer Spotlight: Patrick Runge, Runge Law Office LLC

Volunteer Spotlight: Patrick Runge, Runge Law Office LLC

We are thrilled to highlight Patrick Runge (Runge Law Office LLC)! Patrick has been handling PAI cases for Legal Aid of Nebraska since 2003 and has provided extended representation to clients who were survivors of domestic abuse in 43 different family law cases....

Nebraska Supreme Court Decision Clarifies Rights Under ICWA

Nebraska Supreme Court Decision Clarifies Rights Under ICWA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2023 Media Contact: Jonathan Seagrass, Managing Attorney, Native America Program Phone: 402-348-1069 ext. 266 Email: jseagrass@legalaidofnebraska.org LINCOLN, NE –The Nebraska Supreme Court has decided that Nebraska courts must follow...

Highest Court affirms Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

Highest Court affirms Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in Haaland v. Brackeen, upholding the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The 7-2 ruling solidifies that ICWA remains intact and must be followed by state courts. ICWA was enacted by Congress in 1978 out of...

Medicaid Terminations May Be Coming for Some Nebraskans

Medicaid Terminations May Be Coming for Some Nebraskans

This article was written by Brandy Mutehart, Income & Benefits Unit Director During the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals and households receiving Medicaid coverage could not be terminated from their Medicaid program, even if their eligibility changed. This means...

Empowering Nebraskans: Access to Justice

Empowering Nebraskans: Access to Justice

This article was written by Sydney Rogers-Morrell, Development Coordinator. Legal Aid of Nebraska is the largest nonprofit law firm in the state providing free civil legal assistance to low-income Nebraskans. For the last 60 years, Legal Aid has been making equal...

Legal Aid of Nebraska celebrates staff awards and promotions

Legal Aid of Nebraska celebrates staff awards and promotions

The Shawn Farritor Memorial Award Winner: The Centralized Intake Unit The Shawn Farritor Memorial Award is given to an office, Unit, Project, or another group at Legal Aid. The group must demonstrate exceptional teamwork and share Shawn’s enthusiasm for Legal Aid of...

It’s Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day!

It’s Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day!

This article was written by Shailana Dunn-Wall, Tax Law Project Staff Attorney   January 27, 2023, is Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC, sometimes called EIC) Awareness day. It might seem odd to have a holiday celebrating part of the tax code, but given how...

Legal Aid of Nebraska celebrates Pro Bono Month

Legal Aid of Nebraska celebrates Pro Bono Month

We would like to recognize the following volunteer attorneys for making equal justice happen with Legal Aid of Nebraska!

We asked our volunteer attorneys some questions about why they volunteer at Legal Aid, read about their experiences here. Are you a licensed attorney in Nebraska interested in volunteering with Legal Aid? Send us an email: probono@legalaidofnebraska.org

Student Loan Forgiveness and Your Taxes

Student Loan Forgiveness and Your Taxes

On August 24, President Biden announced the Department of Education will cancel up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers whose annual income is below $125,000 or $250,000 for borrowers who file taxes as “married filing jointly”.  Learn more about the specifics of the debt relief here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/08/24/fact-sheet-president-biden-announces-student-loan-relief-for-borrowers-who-need-it-most/

Legal Aid of Nebraska Joins in Filing Request in the United States Supreme Court to Protect the Property Rights of Low-Income Homeowners Facing Tax Sale

Legal Aid of Nebraska Joins in Filing Request in the United States Supreme Court to Protect the Property Rights of Low-Income Homeowners Facing Tax Sale

A $588.21 shortfall. That’s all it took for Kevin Fair and his now deceased wife Terry to lose their home of twenty-seven years. The elderly Scottsbluff couple couldn’t afford the $588.21 in back property taxes because Terry’s ongoing medical condition caused her to lose her job, leaving them with only Mr. Fair’s retirement income from social security to make ends meet.

Legal Aid Helps Mother Escape Abusive Relationship, Wins Sole Custody

Legal Aid Helps Mother Escape Abusive Relationship, Wins Sole Custody

Ensuring individuals have access to equal justice is at the forefront of the work of Legal Aid of Nebraska. Often times that means ensuring freedom from violence as well. In 2021, nearly one in five of all cases closed by Legal Aid involved clients experiencing domestic violence or abuse.