Legal Services Corporation (LSC)

Federal

Legal services programs should be fully funded.

Congress and the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) should improve and strengthen LSC services. This includes:

  • establishing a national clearinghouse for legal services;
  • developing and maintaining state and federal support and training centers;
  • ensuring that LSC is not restricted from receiving attorneys’ fees;
  • removing restrictions on lobbying for indigent clients’ rights, bringing class action suits, the types of low-income clients who can receive assistance, the types of issues LSC lawyers can address, and the use of private funds for providing legal assistance;
  • ensuring a fair, competitive bidding process for grants;
  • improving grant oversight of LSC grantees; and
  • providing funding targeted to institutionalized people with low incomes and those in board and care homes who can be served only through specially designed outreach programs.