Lynn A. Jennings has joined the staff of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) as vice president for grants management. Jennings will oversee LSC’s day-to-day programmatic operations, competitive grant process, and assessment and oversight of grantees.
Prior to joining LSC, Jennings was the principal at Jennings Solutions, LLC, a management consulting firm. Her more than 20 years of experience includes serving as executive vice president and vice president for strategic initiatives at The Council for Excellence in Government, as director of strategic initiatives at the CNA Corporation’s Institute for Public Research, as general counsel for the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, and as acting assistant secretary for policy and senior advisor to the secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor.
News from the Legal Services Corporation that local legal aid providers are expected to lose hundreds of lawyers due to lack of funding could not come at a worse time. Pro bono and legal aid attorneys are desperately needed for struggling American families facing foreclosure or trying to recover from drought disasters in our heartland. Critical but woefully inadequate federal appropriations for the Legal Services Corporation and diminishing returns on Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts combined with surging demand for free civil legal advice put an untenable strain on aid providers.
The American Bar Association is dedicated to expanding funding for the Legal Services Corporation and preserving access to justice for the most vulnerable members of our community — including disabled veterans, the elderly and victims of human trafficking. The doors of our nation’s courtrooms are held open by lawyers who selflessly work at legal aid centers and those who volunteer their expertise to the poor in their communities; we owe them our gratitude and support.
Consumer attorney Cary L. Flitter, center, of the Narberth, PA law firm Flitter Lorenz, P.C. presents a check for $185,321, to MidPenn Legal Services Executive Director Rhodia D. Thomas, on left. The funds are part of a settlement valued at over $10 million from a successful challenge to an auto lender’s repossession practices.
MidPenn Legal Services, which provides free legal aid to the poor in civil matters, will use the donation to establish a Consumer Protection Attorney position, to be filled by Attorney Nancy L. Datres, on right, of the Harrisburg MidPenn office.
A budget shortfall of $1 million for North Penn Legal Services, the only free civil legal aid provider in Northeast PA and a member of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, forced the organization to lay off 15% of its staff, and close two offices effective June 30.
Those layoffs consist of attorneys, paralegals, support staff, intake workers, and administrators. The combined loss of service from office closings and staff layoffs will be 1,538 fewer cases handled and mean that NPLS employs one legal aid advocate for every 10,000 people living in poverty in its twenty county service area. These additional staffing cuts have widened the “justice gap.”
The U.S. House of Representatives approved funding legislation on May 10, 2012 that provides $328 million for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in Fiscal Year 2013, after turning back two amendments that would have further cut or eliminated funding for the Corporation.
LSC funding was approximately $404 million in Fiscal Year 2011 before falling to $348 million in Fiscal Year 2012--the lowest funding ever, in inflation-adjusted dollars.
Most of LSC’s funding is used to support local nonprofit organizations via grants for the delivery of civil legal assistance to low-income Americans.
The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved funding legislation on April 26, 2012 that provides $328 million for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in Fiscal Year 2013, a cut of $20 million from current levels.
The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) marked up funding legislation on April 19, 2012 that provides $328 million for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in Fiscal Year 2013.
Most of LSC’s funding is used to support local nonprofit organizations via grants for the delivery of civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. LSC funding was approximately $404 million in Fiscal Year 2011 before falling to $348 million in Fiscal Year 2012.
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) on Tuesday approved funding legislation that provides $402 million for the Legal Services Corporation, a $54 million increase from current levels.
Most of the funding would provide grants to nonprofit legal aid programs to deliver civil legal assistance to low-income Americans who request help to avert foreclosures, escape domestic violence, deal with consumer fraud and appeal denial of veterans’ benefits, as well as other critical matters.