State Legal Aid Funders Face Bleak Future

June 8, 2020

The state organizations responsible for helping fund civil legal aid knew the coronavirus would take a bite out of their budgets, but a new survey shows just how large that bite may be, with the programs saying they expect a combined revenue decline of at least $157.4 million compared with last year.

The survey, conducted by the National Association of IOLTA Programs and released at the end of May, asked the state-based organizations that are NAIP members and that help fund legal services programs to estimate their 2020 revenues in comparison to 2019, NAIP President David Holtermann told Law360.

"Since the pandemic hit, virtually all NAIP programs have reported losses to their revenue sources," NAIP said in the announcement of the survey's results.

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