Forty Years of Providing Legal Services to the Disadvantaged

The Legal Services Corporation is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its founding in 1974. LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation, distributing more than 90 percent of its total funding to 134 independent nonprofit legal aid programs with nearly 800 offices. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia are among the luminaries who will help mark the anniversary later this month.

Though LSC provided services to some 2 million Americans in 2013, it estimates that as many as 61 million Americans qualify for civil legal aid. The vast majority of cases involve typical bread-and-butter legal issues in family law, housing and foreclosure, consumer issues, employment, income maintenance, assistance to military families, and assisting disaster victims.

And while funding for the LSC has sometimes been controversial, there is no question that it has made a huge difference for those lucky enough to take advantage of its services. In order to reach even more deserving citizens, LSC is now exploring ways to take advantage of technology to improve the delivery of legal services.

Happy anniversary to LSC, and kudos to all those who work to provide necessary legal services for those who cannot afford them.

Posted: 9/4/2014 1:21:40 PM by Editor | with 0 comments

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