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Statement of James R. Silkenat, president, American Bar Association Re: ABA congratulates the Legal Services Corporation on its 40th anniversary

Statement of James R. Silkenat, president, American Bar Association Re: ABA congratulates the Legal Services Corporation on its 40th anniversary

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25, 2014 — The American Bar Association commends the Legal Services Corporation today on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. 

The LSC provides legal assistance to many Americans who cannot afford it, striving to promote equal access to justice under the law. A nonprofit corporation funded by Congress, the LSC funds 134 local legal aid programs, with nearly 800 offices serving every state. The ABA applauds the work done by the LSC. LSC grantees assist 2.3 million Americans annually, including veterans, domestic violence victims, those coping with the after-effects of natural disasters, and individuals undergoing foreclosure or other housing issues.  

The demand for LSC services is at an all-time high with 63.5 million Americans, including more than 22 million children, being eligible. Sixty-seven million Americans are expected to be eligible for legal aid in 2015.   As the need for legal assistance grows, the ABA calls on Congress to increase the funding for this valuable organization so that more Americans can be served.

The ABA strongly believes that everyone should have access to justice and representation in our legal system. The LSC helps achieve that goal.

(Media contact: Matthew.Cimento@americanbar.org)

Please click here for a biography and photo of James R. Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association.

 

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.ambar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

 

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