Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. (JALA) is a non-profit law firm dedicated to providing free civil legal assistance to those who could not otherwise afford it.

We are not a Federal, State, County or City agency. Under Florida law, there is no right to an attorney in a civil case, and legal aid lawyers and staff are often the only place many of our veterans and active duty military, elderly and at-risk citizens can turn to for help in wrongful foreclosures, evictions, debt collection and abuse cases.

JALA receives zero dollars from the State of Florida. Although roughly half the State’s population qualifies for civil legal aid based on income guidelines, and our economy is heavily dependent on low-income workers in our tourism and service industries, Florida is now one of only three states in the country that provide zero state funding support for legal services.

JALA receives zero general funding from the City of Jacksonville. The City of Jacksonville’s lack of support makes it the only large city in the state that does not support legal services. This, despite the fact that roughly 48% of the City’s residents qualify for civil legal aid.


For the last 10 years the Canan Law Firm has hosted a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration for St. Johns County Judges, attorneys and supporters of JALA along with their families. They hosted another amazing fundraising party this year, collecting donations for St. Johns County Legal Aid!

They have been a firm believer in the mission of JALA and we are fortunate to have them on our list of sustaining law firms. We cannot say thank you enough to the Canan Law Firm and members of the bench and bar who raised money for St. Johns County Legal Aid at the 10 year anniversary of the annual St. Patty’s Day Celebration in St. Augustine.

The event was held at the grand opening of the Front Porch Stage at The St. Augustine Amphitheater, a brand new 4,800 square foot deck equipped with couches for lounging and a new stage with plenty of space for dancing and enjoying music and family, sponsored by the Canan Law Firm. Judges from the Seventh Circuit attended the fundraiser along with many local attorneys and their families.

JALA is grateful for the access to justice they have provided for our low income neighbors.

We just can’t say it enough – Thank you!

Funding Partners

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid is supported by federal grants, philanthropic foundations and local businesses, law firms and individuals.

Even though 88% of the funding goes directly to programs assisting the poor and vulnerable in our communities, a lack of resources forces us to turn away approximately 80% of those that need help. Please consider donating to Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Clay County Legal Aid or St. Johns County Legal Aid.

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Serving Florida Residents in 17 Counties

Serving residents of Alachua • Baker • Bradford • Columbia • Clay • Dixie • Duval • Gilchrist • Hamilton •
Lafayette • Levy • Madison • Nassau • St. Johns • Suwannee • Taylor • Union