Former A.G. Holder issues call to action at Legal Aid fundraiser

“You’re proving that civil legal aid doesn’t just open doors to our justice system,” Holder said.

News Story (Connecticut)

Kelan Lyons
CT Mirror
September 18, 2019
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Tags: Access to Justice

Organizations mentioned/involved: Greater Hartford Legal Aid (GHLA)


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Holder lauded Greater Hartford Legal Aid for representing clients in more than 3,000 legal matters in 2018, helping almost 8,000 people in dire need of assistance. To qualify for GHLA’s services, clients must earn less than 125% of the federal poverty level, or about $32,000 for a family of four.

“You’re proving that civil legal aid doesn’t just open doors to our justice system,” Holder said. “It enhances the nation, and it provides critical reinvestments in under-served communities by saving precious taxpayer dollars by protecting patients’ health, expanding access to public benefits, keeping families together and offering indigent citizens a pathway out of poverty.”

Holder’s short speech heavily emphasized the importance of diversity in the legal profession and in the county as a whole, and underscored the lifeline that legal assistance can offer vulnerable people and families.