NLADA Welcomes Level Funding for LSC by Senate Appropriations Subcommittee

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Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
 
NLADA WELCOMES LEVEL FUNDING FOR LSC BY SENATE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE
Maintaining Current Funding to Legal Services Corporation Necessary, but Prolongs Justice Gap
 
(Washington, DC) Jo-Ann Wallace, President and CEO of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA)issued the following statement in response to today’s markup and passage of the fiscal year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill by the Senate subcommittee:
 
“We welcome the Senate subcommittee’s work to sustain the budget for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). Today’s vote is a good step towards affirming our country’s promise of ‘justice for all.’ LSC grantees provide needed services in every county in the United States. Still, given current capacity insufficiencies, 86% of civil legal problems faced by low-income Americans receive inadequate or no legal help. We therefore urge the Senate to increase its allocation to the LSC as the appropriations process continues.”
 

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The National Legal Aid & Defender Association, founded in 1911, is America’s oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. NLADA has pioneered access to justice at the national, state and local levels through the creation of our public defender systems and other important institutions from The Sentencing Project to the Legal Services Corporation. A leader in the development of national standards for civil legal aid and public defense, NLADA also provides advocacy, training and technical assistance for equal justice advocates across the country.