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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.


gunsterWe cannot say thank you enough to Gunster Law Firm. On behalf of our clients, our Board of Directors, our Client Advisory Board and our staff we are honored to feature the Gunster law firm in the Partners in Justice Spotlight.

For over 90 years Gunster Law Firm has been a forward-thinking law firm with its fingers on the pulse of Florida’s business climate. The Jacksonville office of Gunster has been a key player in  the community supporting many worthwhile nonprofits including JALA. As Michael Freed says “Gunster and its lawyers are proud of their support of JALA. By helping JALA we are able to fulfill many of our core missions: improving justice, serving our community, providing for the less fortunate, and engaging others around these purposes.”

Michael is the man behind Freed to Run, a marathon event to raise funds for JALA in May. Actually, not just one marathon at a time, but rather six marathons at a time, one a day, back-to-back! His vision and mission are just as big as his heart. You can read more about the event here.

We are fortunate to have the support of Gunster law firm and are 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