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Could Private Donations Save Legal Aid?

We reported on the possibility that Congress might cut funding to Legal Services Corporation (LSC), but now many people are trying to make up for that potential shortfall. Legal aid organizations are hitting the streets and searching for funders of legal aid, but can private donations save legal aid? It is estimated that legal aid in New Hampshire alone has provided $84.4 million of economic impact over the past 10 years, but state agencies are continuing to cut funding. In 2011, the drop in state funding closed offices for legal aid in Nashua and Littleton, which leaves only five branches left for one legal assistance organization. “For us it’s a labor of love,” says the chairperson of one legal services campaign. “The need is greater and the public dollars are smaller.” That’s why the NH Campaign for Legal Services is trying to raise $350,000 to replace the money lost when…
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Is There Enough Legal Aid To Go Around?

Rep. Joseph Kennedy III recently visited a legal aid office in Massachusetts. The organization actually has three offices that provide free legal representation and advice to people with low incomes in southeastern Massachusetts. You might think that Kennedy’s visit was just to honor the nonprofit’s service to the community, but he also visited to ask the question: is there enough legal aid for people who need it? Funding for legal aid has been drastically cut over the past few years, and many private organizations are trying to make up for the shortfall. The Massachusetts Bar Association and the United Way have both contributed to legal aid, but too many people need help. Is There Enough Legal Aid? The director of one Massachusetts legal aid organization says that they have, “one attorney for every 6,500 people who might be financially eligible for our services…” and, “that’s if each low income person…
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Is Legal Aid Still Recovering From The Recession?

When the financial crisis first struck in 2007, many different industries suffered, but few realized how it would strike the legal world. Many law firms closed their doors, but those that survived have endured and helped clients through one of the worst financial crises the nation has ever seen. Now that the recession is abating, many companies are trying to get back to business as usual, yet the industry is still reeling from the financial crash. The Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts, or IOLTA, was designed to help fund legal aid for low-income individuals by pooling interest from various lawyer trust accounts. However, the recession caused the interest rates on these trusts to drop, and they still have not recovered. Some states, like Connecticut, have passed legislature to try to make up for this shortfall, but even those measures are falling short. The Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut (LARCC)…
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