Sun calls for end to LSC restrictions

An editorial in today’s Baltimore Sun called for the end to Congressional restrictions placed on federally funded organizations (including Maryland Legal Aid) that serve the civil legal needs of the poor.

“For the first time in more than a decade, Congress has a real chance to lift the crippling restrictions on the federally financed Legal Services Corporation (LSC) that have hampered the agency’s efforts to assist poor people seeking redress through the courts,” the editorial said. “At a time when many people are struggling against the threat of foreclosure, eviction or loss of health and unemployment benefits as a result of the economic downturn, the LSC’s services are needed more than ever. Congress should seize this opportunity to make them available as widely as possible.”

To read the complete editorial, click here.

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