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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.

In Memorial: William Harrell

William “Bill” Harrell Jr., an advocate for civil rights and long-time ally of the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA) lost his battle with cancer and passed away on Saturday, October 14th.  He was 70 years old.

Family, honor and tradition were all important to Bill Harrell, the founder and senior partner of the well-regarded firm of Harrell & Harrell P.A., a personal injury law firm with 18 attorneys and 100 employees that has served the region for more than 25 years.

He was born Oct. 18, 1946, in Lake City and followed in his father’s footsteps attending the University of Florida on a football scholarship.

His wife of nearly 20 years, Renee Daigle Harrell, served as our Board President and their firm, Harrell & Harrell, has been a consistent JALA and NFMLP supporter over the years.

JALA would like to present our deep condolences to the passing away of a highly respected attorney and prominent supporter of the Jacksonville Community.

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