Community Work and Outreach

This article is part of a series that features library strategies for supporting access to civil legal justice. OCLC’s WebJunction program and the nonprofit organization Legal Services Corporation (LSC) are partnering to deliver the national training initiative Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries to library staff. Register for the 11 February webinar Civil Legal Justice: The Crucial Role of Libraries to learn more.
LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation. Established in 1974, LSC operates as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. LSC distributes more than 90% of its funding to 132 independent nonprofit legal aid programs with more than 800 offices. LSC promotes equal access to justice by awarding grants to legal services providers through a competitive grants process; conducting compliance reviews and program visits to oversee program quality and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements as well as restrictions that accompany LSC funding, and by providing training and technical assistance to programs.