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New Ways to Provide Legal Services to the Poor

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Publication Date: March 1986

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James L. Gattuso

Topic: Justice (Legal procedure)

Keywords: Legal issues

Type: Report


For too long, supporters of the Legal Services Corporation have portrayed any criticism of the program as an attack upon the principle of equal access to justice. This simply is not the case. It may even be LSC's supporters which are cheating the poor. By clinging to a single, ineffective method of providing legal services, and concentrating its efforts on political change, rather than the needs of its clients, the Legal Services Corporation has ignored reforms and innovations which would increase access to justice and help the taxpayer. It is time for those options to be explored.