Make history: Submit curated info to

You can help make this site better by submitting any of the following.

See the Contact Us page for email addresses. We strongly prefer to receive electronic files or links to PDF or text formats. We may consider working with a paper document if it’s the only version available.

State/local organization histories

One of our top priorities is collecting histories of state and local legal aid organizations. Sometimes organizations produce excellent histories for a fundraising dinner or major anniversary. Then the publications become hard to find or never reach a broader audience. CNEJL is committed to compiling these organization histories and making them easily available on this website.

You can help. See the this page. Is your organization listed? If not, please send us your organization’s history.

Key state cases

We welcome lists of key legal aid cases in your state. CNEJL has already compiled a good list of federal cases.

We invite suggestions for additional state cases, civil and criminal, that meet our criteria and that we may consider adding. As a starting point, see the page on key state cases that describes our criteria. We strongly prefer curated lists of the very best cases. We cannot use long lists of lower-priority cases because we lack the expertise and time to evaluate and cull them. You may wish to ask a knowledgeable older practitioner to review longer lists against our criteria to select the very best cases.

Other history documents

We welcome other documents that tell the history of civil legal aid and public defense in the US.

Financial support

The Consortium for the National Equal Justice Library (CNEJL) welcomes financial support. Founded in 1989, we are a stand-alone 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the maximum extent of the law. We have a modest budget and every contribution helps. See this page for ways to donate.