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Friday, February 25, 2011

Legal Aid Cuts Are Continuing Despite Increased Need

http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202476843961&slreturn=1&hbxlogin=1


Now, we learn that a bill has been introduced in Congress to cut back the funding for the national Legal Services Program on top of state cuts. This is very bad, given the increasing need of lower income people for government sponsored legal assistance. Justice and equality in our system entails the availability of lawyers for all parties in our courts. That is a dream that the "War on Poverty" began to try to fulfill through the Legal Services Program. But since 1981, the nation has gradually eroded what was a fine, indeed, outstanding federal program of assistance to the poor. I will post some additional thoughts on this topic.

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