New York Times Article Highlights Consequences for Individuals Facing Civil Matters Without Legal Help

Fifty years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that an individual accused of a crime has a constitutional right to counsel even if they cannot afford to pay an attorney.. But what happens to poor people facing grave outcomes in civil matters? As part of its coverage of... Continue reading >

Current Issue of LSC Updates features news on Sandy recovery, tech resources, grant opportunities & more

The February 2013 issue of LSC Updates is now posted, and it's bursting with information: Supplemental Disaster Funding Includes $1 Million for LSC NJ and NY Programs Busy Helping Hurricane Sandy Survivors 13th TIG Conference Draws Record Attendance TIG Application Cycle to Open Soon Harvard... Continue reading >

In New Orleans, LSC convenes fourth Forum on the State of Civil Legal Assistance in the United States

Justices, judges and a panel of disaster experts addressed the LSC Board of Directors on January 25 at the fourth LSC Board-sponsored Forum on The State of Civil Legal Assistance. The forum, held at the Louisiana Supreme Court building, was convened in conjunction with the board’s quarterly... Continue reading >

Client Income Eligibility Standards updated for 2013

Each year, LSC publishes Appendix A to 45 CFR Part 1611, which provides client income-eligibility standards based on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) most recent federal poverty guidelines. On January 24, 2013, DHHS released the 2013 federal poverty data, and we are... Continue reading >

New Video Highlights Critical Role of Legal Aid in Disaster Recovery

Did you know that when disaster strikes, LSC-funded legal aid offices work with state and local bar associations and pro bono attorneys to provide a critical element of disaster recovery? This five-minute video by the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division , and featuring LSC... Continue reading >

Supplemental Disaster Funding Bill Includes $1 Million for LSC

This week, the Senate is considering a $60.4 million emergency disaster supplemental funding bill to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy in the recovery efforts. The bill includes $1 million for LSC, to support LSC grantees in the areas significantly affected by Hurricane Sandy for storm-related... Continue reading >

New Issue of LSC Updates Now Available (Dec, 17)

Here's what you will find in the new issue of LSC Updates : Supplemental Disaster Aid Includes $1 Million for LSC Levi Addresses NLADA Civil Caucus LSC Board Vice-Chair Martha Minow Receives Prestigious International Award for Leadership and Advocacy LSC Appoints Chief Information Officer... Continue reading >

New Issue of LSC Updates Now Available (Nov. 8)

The November 8, 2012 issue of our electronic newsletter, LSC Updates , is now available. Contents include: Chairman Wolf Commends Pro Bono Recommendations Judges, Veterans Experts Address LSC Board at North Carolina Forum Congressman Conyers Applauds Legal Aid and Defender Association Technology... Continue reading >

At Third Forum on the State of Legal Assistance, Judges Discuss Access to Justice in the Southeast, Board Hears Update on Legal Needs of Veterans

DURHAM, N.C. -- On October 1, five distinguished jurists discussed the role of legal aid in the administration of justice, and experts provided an update on the civil legal needs of veterans. Both panels were part of a forum on the state of civil legal assistance, convened by the LSC Board of... Continue reading >

“The Threat to Justice for All, and Why You Should Care About It” - a speech by LSC President Jim Sandman (video)

On November 2, 2012, LSC President Jim Sandman was the featured speaker at the City Club of Cleveland 's Friday Forum. His topic was “The Threat to Justice for All, and Why You Should Care About It.” The City Club of Cleveland is the longest uninterrupted independent forum series in... Continue reading >