For any family, basic survival depends on the ability to stay in a home, to secure food and other necessities, and to provide a safe and stable environment for children. Families with challenges in these areas may be torn apart or driven into poverty, with children often suffering the most. And without money to afford legal help, low-income citizens do not have equal access to justice.

old leon county courthouse

Fifty years ago, the Tallahassee Bar Association took steps to meet the civil legal needs of low-income families in Leon County and formed the Legal Aid Foundation. TBA members manned the Leon County Courthouse basement office in rotating shifts, helping clients as they walked in.