News Story (Louisiana)
Richard A. Webster
Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)
June 17, 2019
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Tags: Funding: State & Local
Organizations mentioned/involved: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), ALSC Acadiana Legal Service Corporation
The lack of public money had forced the nonprofits that provide such services in Louisiana – Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and Acadiana Legal Services Corporation – to drastically cut back. As a result, one or both of the parties in 75 percent of civil cases in Louisiana were forced to represent themselves.
Lawmakers approved money for legal aid on the last day of the session. Edwards’ spokesperson, Christina Stephens, said they are currently reviewing the funding bill “to prepare to sign it.”
“The Governor believes that funding for legal aid is critically important because it helps people access services they desperately need, but might not be able to afford,” she said.