The $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.
The 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.
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 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.
In 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.
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.
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…
The Legal Service Corporation has submitted to Congress a request for $486 million for Fiscal Year 2014 to meet the overwhelming need for legal services and to fulfill the nation’s promise of “justice for all.”
This is an increase of $16 million over LSC’s FY 2013 appropriation request. The increase is based on LSC’s assessment of the need for legal aid, the decline in some non-LSC funding sources, and LSC’s calculation of the resources necessary to provide the same level of service that LSC grantees provided in 2007, the year before the recession began. The request includes $5 million for a new grant program to encourage innovations in pro bono legal services.