ATG NEWS RELEASE: HAWAII Attorney General Joins Coalition of 41 Attorney General to Provide Adequate Funding for LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION
Posted on Apr 29, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom
HONOLULU – Hawaii Attorney General Clare E. Connors and 41 attorneys general signed a letter to Congress to help further fund Legal Services Corporation (LSC).
“Since 1974, LSC funding has provided essential and diverse legal assistance to low-income Americans, including victims of natural disasters, domestic violence survivors, families facing foreclosure, and veterans with access to deserved benefits. Today LSC is also providing vital support to families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the largest donor of civil legal aid in the US, LSC-funded programs touch every corner of our country with more than 800 offices and a presence in every congressional district, ”the letter said.
“Legal Services Corporation has an important role in our justice system by helping those with limited access to legal services,” said Attorney General Connors. “Funding the LSC is vital to ensure that those in need receive competent legal assistance, especially during this difficult time. For these reasons, I urge Congress to continue funding this important program. “
LSC also supports collaboration between legal aid organizations and private firms and lawyers. LSC provides federal funding for over 130 nonprofit legal aid programs that provide services to people in need. The letter was addressed to the leadership of the Budget and Senate Committees on Funds and their respective sub-committees.
Along with Attorney General Connors are the Attorneys General of Alaska, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Columbia District, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota , Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
A copy of the US House and Senate letters.
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