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.


We cannot say thank you enough to Creed & Gowdy Appellate Law Firm. On behalf of our clients we serve, our Board of Directors and our Client Advisory Board we are honored to feature your firm for the partners in Justice Spotlight.

Creed & Gowdy Appellate Law Firm has been active in their support of JALA for over a decade and they continue to give through endless hours of pro bono case representation and providing analysis of client requests for pro bono appellate cases. Bryan Gowdy is a former JALA Board of Directors member and currently sits on our Equal Justice Awards Committee. He has also been a presenter for appellate practice training sessions for legal service staff attorneys and pro bono attorneys.

We are fortunate to have the support of Creed & Gowdy and are grateful for the access to justice they have provided for our low income neighbors who have meritorious appellate matters.

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