As COVID-19 Layoffs Increase Demand for Legal Aid, Providers Expect Precipitous Funding Drop

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As COVID-19 Layoffs Increase Demand for Legal Aid, Providers Expect Precipitous Funding Drop

March 25, 2020 | Angela Morris | Texas Lawbook , Law.com
Civil legal-aid providers across the country are expecting a flood of Americans to begin qualifying for legal aid because of mass layoffs arising from COVID-19 government shutdowns. Some will face serious legal issues, yet as the demand for legal aid increases, the bottom just dropped out of the legal-aid budget. When the federal government cut interest rates to spur the economy, that also zeroed out the interest rate for Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts, which is the traditional funding source for legal-aid providers.
Tags: Funding: Federal | Funding: IOLTA

LSC looking to continue streak of appropriation increases

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LSC looking to continue streak of appropriation increases

February 11, 2020 | Marilyn Odendahl | Indiana Lawyer
Pointing to what it describes as an “overwhelming need for civil legal services,” Legal Services Corp. is asking a federal appropriation of $652.6 million for fiscal year 2021, a $212.6 million increase from the appropriation it received for fiscal year 2020.
Tags: Funding: Federal | LSC Funding

How Corporate America Can Help Close The Justice Gap

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How Corporate America Can Help Close The Justice Gap

September 29, 2019 | Kevin Penton | Law360
When the Trump administration threatened to eliminate the Legal Services Corp. this year, Hewlett Packard Enterprise helped marshal corporate general counsel to fight back. It’s one timely example, according to business leaders at a recent Manhattan event, of the power that companies have to enact social change.
Tags: Funding: Federal