LSC_LogoLast Friday, a significant anniversary passed, one that should be marked by anyone concerned about equal access to justice.

On July 25, the Legal Services Corporation noted that it had been established 40 years ago. As it describes itself, it is the single largest funder of civil legal aid in the United States.

“LSC provides federal funds through competitive grants to 134 independent nonprofit organizations with nearly 800 offices in every state, the District of Columbia and the territories of the United States. LSC is headed by an 11-member Board of Directors appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Board is bipartisan: no more than six members may be of the same political party.”

“Every day across America, victims of domestic violence seeking protection, veterans trying to avoid homelessness, and consumers facing wrongful evictions or foreclosures are forced to navigate the legal system alone because they can’t afford a lawyer,” LSC President James J. Sandman said. “LSC’s funding of high-quality legal services for low-income people helps assure fairness in our legal system, and it’s never been more needed, or more important, than it is today.”

Here is an infographic detailing some of the need met by the LSC. You can read important facts and statistics about the LSC here.

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Its celebration will be noted in a three-day event in Washington, DC.