The American Bar Association (ABA) hosted a successful 2023 ABA Day fly-in event this week, the first in-person advocacy event since 2019. About 170 ABA and state and local bar leaders once again gathered in Washington, DC to reconnect with old friends and then headed to Capitol Hill to meet with their respective Senators and House Representatives. This year, our main focus centered on protecting and requesting increased annual funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).
The ABA has been a staunch supporter and ally of LSC since Congress created the organization in 1974. LSC’s core mission has always been to promote equal access to justice by providing funding assistance to civil legal aid programs nationwide that assist low-income Americans who could not otherwise afford an attorney to help resolve serious problems that directly impact their lives and economic stability. This has been a longstanding problem, which COVID-19 further exacerbated by creating a significant and urgent demand for civil legal assistance due to the unexpected spike in life-altering matters.
However, some Americans and lawmakers remain unaware that having civil legal counsel often proves to be critically important, including in cases involving domestic violence and child abuse where a temporary restraining order may be instrumental in protecting them from further physical harm or in civil matters related to wrongful evictions and defending the rights of veterans.