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House Spending Bill Cuts LSC Budget By 20%

Legal Services CorporationThe U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 that would cut funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in Fiscal Year 2016 by $75 million. The measure passed by a vote of 242-183.

The Commerce, Justice, Science & Related Agencies (CJS) FY 2016 Appropriations bill allocates $300 million for LSC, a 20% reduction from last year.

LSC Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request Sent to Congress

Legal Services CorporationThe Legal Services Corporation (LSC) submitted its budget reequest to Congress on February 2, 2015,  asking for for $486.9 million for Fiscal Year 2016, approximately the same level of funding requested for the past two years.

Legal Services Corporation Seeking Proposals for 2015 Pro Bono Innovations Grants

Legal Services CorporationThe Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has issued a Request for Letters of Intent to Apply for 2015 Grant Funding describing the conditions for submitting Letters of Intent to Apply for 2015 funding under the Pro Bono Innovation Fund.

The Pro Bono Innovation Fund is LSC’s newest competitive grant program. It was created after the LSC Board of Directors formed a Pro Bono Task Force in 2011 to identify ways to better engage pro bono lawyers and other volunteers to serve low-income people.

Federal Spending Bill Increases Funding for LSC by $10 Million

Legal Services CorporationThe $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress to fund the federal government for FY 2015 includes $375 million for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the nation’s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. This amount is $10 million more than LSC received last year.

LSC FY 2015 Budget Request Sent to Congress

Legal Services CorporationThe Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has asked Congress for $486 million for Fiscal Year 2015, the same level of funding it requested the year before in its budget request that was directed to Congress on March 4.

Nearly 93 percent of the request, more than $451 million, would be devoted to basic field grants that fund the delivery of civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. 

PA Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Final Public Hearing on Civil Legal Representation of the Indigent in Pittsburgh

The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee held its third and final Public Hearing on Civil Legal Representation of the Indigent: Have We Achieved Equal Access to Justice? on October 29, 2013 in Pittsburgh. Prior hearings were held on May 7 in Harrisburg and on May 23 in Philadelphia. All of the hearings were chaired by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Stewart J. Greenleaf (R-Montgomery, Bucks).

The hearing concluded with the tri-chairs of the Civil Legal Justice Coalition presenting a list of recommendations to the committee, including quantifying the need for civil legal services funding in Pennsylvania and establishing an "access to justice commission," which 30 other states currently have, to address the expansion of access to civil justice at all levels for low-income and disadvantaged people in the state.

Chief Justice: $4 Million Distribution Will Help Fund Civil Legal Services to Low-Income Pennsylvanians

Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille said today that rules adopted by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 2012 are again paying big dividends in helping provide legal services for low income Pennsylvanians. 

A civil procedure rule that took effect July 1, 2012, directed how money left over from lawsuits after the plaintiffs, attorney fees and expenses have been paid is to be distributed. That rule resulted in a $4.1 million distirbution to legal services that was announced on September 6, 2013.

Senate Appropriations Committee Allocates $430 Million for LSC

Legal Services CorporationIn a show of bipartisan support for federally funded civil legal services, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $430 million for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in FY 2014.  This amount represents a $90 million increase over LSC’s current funding level, and is consistent with the White House budget request for FY 2014.

Public Hearing Held by Pa Senate Judiciary Committee on Plight of Low-Income Pennsylvanians Without Legal Representation

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, along with other judges, low-income Pennsylvanians and the lawyers who help them, and community and business leaders testified at a Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee Public Hearing, Civil Legal Representation of the Indigent: Have We Achieved Equal Access to Justice?   that was held on Thursday, May 23 in Philadelphia. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Stewart J. Greenleaf (R-Montgomery, Bucks) chaired the hearing.

The purpose of the public hearing was to explore and create awareness of the current state and scope of the unmet need for civil legal services by low-income Pennsylvanians confronting legal problems involving basic human needs.  

Judges, lawyers say poor still lack sorely needed legal aid (via NewsWorks)

Judges, lawyers say poor still lack sorely needed legal aid (via NewsWorks)

May 23, 2013 By Holly Otterbein, @hollyotterbein Clients, attorneys and judges said Thursday that most low-income people don't get the legal help they desperately need in civil cases, where they can find themselves fighting to win custody of their children or keep their homes. State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf…

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