Justice Works!

"I was a very isolated disabled veteran at high risk. My attorney guided me through this stressful period and it is fair to say that her work and that of Bay Area Legal Services saves lives."

–Rob Robinson,
Veteran Client & Photographer

Rob Robinson
Justice Works to root out the inequities that keep people in poverty.

Communities Need Civil Legal Aid

When people face legal challenges that can risk their safety, quality of life, or well-being, legal aid intervenes—preventing them from falling deeper into poverty, and providing them with a second chance.

We know that justice works! Our advocacy is life-changing. Civil legal aid removes barriers to opportunity, empowers individuals and families, and provides stability that our clients need to enjoy greater engagement in their communities.

The Justice Works! Campaign is a comprehensive three-year effort to raise the critical funds needed to sustain and grow our programs. Support for this campaign will fund program-wide operating costs and special programs like our Veterans Medical-Legal Partnership Initiative.

To Support the Justice Works! Campaign, contact our Development office:

  • Phone: (813) 232-1222 ext. 156
  • Email: development@bals.org

The Complex Issues We Help Solve:

  • Protecting seniors from scam artists and abusive family members 
  • Advocating for the legal rights of children in foster care 
  • Ensuring domestic violence survivors have the legal protections they need
  • Giving veterans access to mental and physical health benefits
  • and much more!

View the full campaign packet »

Printable pledge form »


We cannot meet the growing demand for our services.

We support


individuals, families, and community groups.

But receive


callers and online applicants seeking legal services.

Americans report


of their civil legal problems go under/unsupported.

For veterans


of the top issues that lead to homelessness can only be solved with legal aid.

Meet Our Donors

The lack of a level playing field would leave the underprivileged with few options for seeking justice. Bay Area Legal Services brings fairness to the legal system and encourages an orderly resolution for all. I encourage businesses and financially stable Floridians to contribute to Bay Area Legal." Tom Elligett
Tom Elligett, Development Council Chairperson

Still have questions?

If you live or have a case in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas or Sarasota counties, we may be able to help.

How do I apply? Am I eligible?

Call (800) 625-2257

to apply for service.

Or complete our online application

and we will call you back.