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December 19, 2008 - Issue #66
Minnesota State Bar Association Adopts Resolution in Support of Pro Bono and Legal Aid – The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) has adopted a resolution affirming its support for pro bono and public interest work. The resolution comes in response to a joint report by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility finding that many lawyers were likely rejected for prestigious DOJ appointments due to affiliations with various public interest organizations or activities deemed politically suspect, including Minnesota legal aid, pro bono and public defender programs. The MSBA opposes attempts to define public service as ideological, and states its opposition to employment practices by government agencies that may discourage this work. For more information, contact the ABA Center for Pro Bono, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As expected, Congress delayed finalization of most FY 2009 appropriations bills until the 111th Congress and Obama Administration are in place. A Continuing Resolution (CR) was enacted on September 30th that keeps most federal programs, including Legal Services Corporation, at FY 2008 funding levels until at least March 6, 2009. As a result, LSC will continue at its current level of $350.49 million until early next year. For more information contact , Director, Grassroots Operations/Legislative Counsel, at email@example.com or 202/662-1764.