Clients are up, funding is down for free legal aid

From “As the economy has slowed, the demand for free civil legal services has risen, but funding for those services has not increased.
‘The situation is dire,’ said Sharon Goldsmith, executive director of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. ‘The programs are feeling stretched beyond their limits. The funding is not there.'”

“At Maryland Legal Aid, the jump in clients is apparent ‘in our lobby any morning,’ said Wilhelm Joseph, executive director. ‘We used to add chairs as the room got full,’ Joseph said. ‘Now, we don’t have enough chairs for all the people looking for help.’”

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