Message from Executive Director

Dear Friend, 

Welcome!  Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) is the primary provider of free civil legal for our low-income citizens in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties. We envision equal access to justice for those who have nowhere else to turn, where every low-income individual and family in Southwestern Pennsylvania will have access to the full range of civil legal services and legal remedies available to them regardless of their availability to pay.

NLSA helps our clients with a wide variety of civil legal problems, especially those of an emergency nature. We also work with our clients to improve their ability to be self-sufficient through obtaining and/or enforcing their right to necessary economic, employment, housing, medical and other public resources. We provide these services through high quality representation, partnerships with the private bar and other local public and private agencies, and  Legal Literacy program, a comprehensive program of community education sessions offered throughout the region.

On this website, you will find information about NLSA, our work, including the kinds of cases we handle, and how to get in touch with us if you need help. You will also find the stories of some of our clients. More than anything else, these stories illustrate the work that NLSA attorneys do every day to make the dream of access to justice a reality for the poor and vulnerable in our community.  Our substantive news section and video gallery offers vital information on common legal problems faced by low-income families as well as advice and resources needed to address these issues.

We are proud of our work in the community to alleviate poverty. This is work we could not do without your support. I want to extend my gratitude to you.  Thank you for enabling NLSA to make access to justice a reality for our neighbors in need.


Robert V. Racunas, Esq.