The Fiscal Crisis Coming For Legal Aid

News Story (Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, NATIONAL, Ohio, Texas)

Jack Karp
April 12, 2020
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Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Funding: IOLTA, Funding: Private/Foundation

Organizations mentioned/involved: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), Louisiana Bar Foundation, National Association of IOLTA Programs, Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF), Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Ohio Access to Justice Foundation, Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO),


Just as millions more people are in need of (and becoming eligible for) free civil legal help due to job losses and other economic fallout from COVID-19, slashed interest rates and the overall financial climate are creating a massive and sudden funding crisis for legal aid providers. Right now “is the absolute worst time possible for a decrease in funding. It just is.”