Office of the President
I am writing to ask that you take IMMEDIATE ACTION today to help us advocate for one of the Association's 2011 federal legislative priorities - funding for civil legal services through the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).
The LSC was created to ensure that indigent Americans have access to a lawyer and the justice system for civil legal issues regardless of their ability to pay. The LSC provides funding to independent local legal services programs through a competitive grant process. This week the House of Representatives is considering a bill -HR 1- that would reduce LSC's current fiscal year funding by a devastating $70 million. Such a cut would threaten New York's legal service providers, which are already stretched so thin that they have to turn away many of those seeking their services.
I am in Washington, D.C. today, February 16, to carry this important message to members of New York's congressional delegation. Please help me reinforce this message by contacting your member of Congress through our Legislative Action Center below.
Please go to the Association's Legislative Action Center to OPPOSE devastating cuts to the funding for the Legal Services Corporation: www.nysba.org/LegislativeActionCenter
Stephen P. Younger
President, New York State Bar Association
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP