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WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 — Access to justice is a cornerstone of our society. Yet for too many struggling Americans, lack of legal counsel in civil cases is a barrier to the courtroom. The Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act, which received bipartisan approval from the House of Representatives yesterday, will provide critical financial safeguards to credit union-held Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts, which fund the delivery of civil legal services to millions of families in conflict, elderly Americans and disaster survivors rebuilding their lives.
The American Bar Association thanks the members of the House of Representatives — including Reps. Ed Royce, Gary Miller, Ed Perlmutter, Gary Peters, Brad Sherman and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling — for their swift approval of the Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act.
The ABA looks forward to working with the Senate to move this much-needed legislation to President Obama’s desk.
(Media contact: Robert.Boisseau@americanbar.org)
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