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February 14, 2011

ABA Calls for More Money for Low-Income Legal Services


Stephen P. Younger, President, New York State Bar Association

Robert Weeks, Santa Clara County Bar Association and member, Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants

Robert Grey, former ABA President

The ABA adopted as policy a late-filed resolution (10E) opposing any funding cut in the program and urging Congress to support increased funding levels to the point necessary to provide needed services to low-income Americans.

Legal Services Corporation funding is critically important with so many families in our economy lacking resources to hire legal representation.  The Republican majority in the House of Representatives has identified LSC for dramatic cuts, which would be detrimental for individuals seeking assistance in preventing eviction, as well as help with domestic violence restraining orders and filing Social Security claims.