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ABA Legislative and Governmental Priorities for 2012

Access to Legal Services: Supports increased funding for civil legal services through the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs, and other federal programs that provide legal services for the poor. Supports reauthorization of LSC and VAWA. Urges increased federal support for quality state public defense systems. Supports strengthening legal protections and access to legal assistance for active-duty military, their families, veterans, and low-income military personnel. Urges the development of innovative and effective ways to ensure that veterans collect their due benefits and receive appropriate services to help them achieve self-sufficiency.