NLJ’s Sweeping Civil Legal Services Report – the Need among Clients and the Poltics of Funding

The National Law Journal has just published “The Power of Hope,” which it bills as follows:

As Congress considers deep cuts in legal assistance to the poor, The National Law Journal examines the impact of legal aid programs on the clients they serve and the political issues surrounding the present funding crisis. As these stories demonstrate, the need is great, and cases run the gamut — from domestic violence to home foreclosures to medical claims. In all, a common theme emerges: Legal aid, for these clients, was their only hope.
 
The feature is broken into three sections, offering 1) stories of clients whose lives were changed by having access to legal services, as well as the pressures on legal services programs; 2) a piece on the Legal Services Corporation’s history; and 3) some perspective on LSC as a political football here in Washington.

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