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Mar 06, 2015 04:00AM

Feb 02, 2015 01:18PM

The Arnold & Porter Foundation and LSC Launched G. Duane Vieth Leadership Development Program for Civil Legal Aid

WASHINGTON ? The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced the launch of the G. Duane Vieth Leadership Development Program, LSC?s first national grant initiative to support training in leadership skills in the field of civil legal aid. The program is generously funded by The Arnold & Porter LLP Foundation.


Feb 02, 2015 09:23AM

LSC Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request Sent to Congress


WASHINGTON ? The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) asked Congress for $486.9 million for Fiscal Year 2016, approximately the same level of funding requested for the past two years.

?LSC and its grantees have made a crucial difference in the lives of millions of Americans, helping them with civil legal matters that go to the very heart of their safety and security,? said LSC Board Chair John G. Levi. ?Our budget request recognizes the vital need for adequate funding of civil legal aid while balancing that request against the current budgetary realities.?

The LSC budget request included $5 million each for:

  • LSC?s Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) program. Since 2000, the TIG program has funded more than 570 legal technology projects, allowing LSC grantees to expand the delivery of legal aid services through statewide websites, enhanced case management systems, and other innovative methods.
  • LSC?s Pro Bono Innovation Fund (PBIF), a competitive grant program supporting collaborative legal aid projects that develop replicable innovations in pro bono services for low-income clients. Many of the projects use emerging technology to reach rural populations, and create extensive partnerships with local law schools, community organizations, and corporate attorneys.

Jan 20, 2015 12:37PM

Florida Chief Justice Joins Jurists in Miami for Panel Discussions on Civil Legal Aid and Technology, Hosted by the Legal Services Corporation

WASHINGTON ? Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, leading judges, attorneys, and technology experts will gather at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables on January 23 for panel discussions on civil legal aid and technology.

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is hosting the forum in conjunction with its Board of Directors? quarterly meeting.


Jan 20, 2015 12:35PM

Legal Services Corporation Honors Holland & Knight, Florida Judge, and Five Lawyers for Pro Bono Service

WASHINGTON ? The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Board of Directors will present its Pro Bono Service Award to a Tampa judge, five Florida attorneys, and the Miami office of Holland & Knight in recognition of their extraordinary commitment to equal justice on January 23rd. The awards ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. at the University of Miami School of Law?s Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge in Coral Gables.


Jan 08, 2015 12:43PM

LSC Awarded First Midwest Legal Disaster Coordination Grants

WASHINGTON ? The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced that Iowa Legal Aid and Legal Aid of Nebraska will receive grants from its new Midwest Legal Disaster Coordination Fund to support projects that develop coordinated plans between disaster preparedness organizations and legal service providers in the Midwest.



Texas RioGrande Legal Aid News Updates
Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:39:20 +0000

Jan 05, 2015 08:43AM

Victoria Advocate ? How the Housing Authority works and doesn?t

Dorothy Graves was homeless last year. She lived out of her 2001 GM Cavalier for four months, showering at friends’ houses, before she heard the Victoria Housing Authority could put a roof over her head. “I was ecstatic,” the 66-year-old said. “It was the happiest I had been in a long time. It was like…

Nov 20, 2014 09:46AM

Fox San Antonio ? Operation Selena collecting stuffed animals for kids

What started as a way to spread cheer to sick children has now spread to thousands of kids in need. “I know that God’s hand is in this because of the growth of Operation Selena,” said Gloria Pargas.  Operation Selena has now spread throughout the Pargas home. To read the entire article and watch the…

Nov 19, 2014 03:41PM

Texas Public Radio ? Geekdom Hosts Free Legal Clinic for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs in San Antonio have a chance at a free session for legal advice ? if they act quickly. The opportunity is this evening only, when Geekdom will host a pro-bono legal clinic for business owners to consult with an attorney about trademarks, patients, and the business of starting a business. To read the entire…

Nov 18, 2014 02:40PM

San Antonio Business Journal ? Downtown groups offering free legal clinic for San Antonio entrepreneurs

Accion Texas and the 80/20 Foundation will host a free legal clinic for local business owners and entrepreneurs on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. The RAM Law Firm and Texas C-BAR/Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid will provide pro bono services during the clinic which will be held in the offices at Geekdom…

Nov 03, 2014 08:50AM

El Diario ? Ganan demanda ex inquilinos desalojados del Hotel Gateway

Después de meses de lucha un grupo de ex inquilinos del Hotel Gateway ?quienes fueron desalojados de su hogar en marzo? ganaron una demanda contra los propietarios con ayuda de la organización Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. To read the entire article, click here.


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