Legal Services Corporation
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is a publicly funded, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established by the United States Congress. It seeks to ensure equal access to justice under the law for all Americans by providing funding for civil legal aid to those who otherwise would be unable to afford it. The LSC was created in 1974 with bipartisan congressional sponsorship and the support of the Nixon administration, and is funded through the congressional appropriations process.
LSC has a board of eleven directors, appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate, that set LSC policy. By law the board is bipartisan; no more than six members can come from the same party. LSC has a president and other officers who implement those policies and oversee the corporation's operations.
Found in 26 Collections and/or Records:
This collection largely contains meeting material from various LSC groups: Board of Directors; Committee on Appropriations and Audit, Office of Field Services, Committee on Operations and Regulations, Presidential Search Committees and others. Of note is a draft monitoring report that gives an analysis of the program at Legal Services of North Carolina, Inc., including a response by the LSNC to that report. Miscellaneous articles and manuals are listed under the "Topical" file.
This collection comprises correspondence, a memo, and reports related to OEO's Office of Legal Services. Also included are LSC publications. Of particular note is a 1979 memo from several staff of LSC to Clinton Lyons, LSC's deputy director of its first regional office in the South, located in Atlanta, regarding the Neighborhood Legal Assistance Program (NLAP) in Charleston, South Carolina.
Interview with H. Michael (Mickey) Bennett conducted in Palo Alto, California by Alan Houseman on May 27, 2004.
The interview discusses the beginnings of Martha Bergmark's career in legal services, the situation of legal services in Mississippi during the 1960s and 1970s, opposition of the private bar against legal services, expansion of legal services in the late 1970s, effects of the Reagan cutbacks. Also discussed are Shaw .v Mississippi; The McComb Amendment; Ayres v. Fortise, Brown v. Board of Education; Governor’s veto of OEO grant fund; municipal equalization; and IOLTA funds.
- Collection 16
- Archival Object 10
- Legal assistance to the poor -- United States 18
- Legal services -- United States 9
- Legal assistance to the poor 4
- Indigent defense -- United States 3
- Law -- Study and teaching -- United States 3
- Legal aid -- Clinical education 3
- Legal aid -- International 3
- Brady v. Maryland 2
- Legal aid -- South Africa 2
- Oral history -- United States 2
- Poverty 2
- Public defenders -- United States 2
- Education 1
- Juvenile Justice, Administration of 1
- Legal assistance to the poor -- Connecticut -- New Haven 1
- Legal assistance to the poor -- Fellowships 1
- Legal assistance to the poor -- Georgia 1
- Legal assistance to the poor -- Maryland 1
- Legal assistance to the poor -- Missouri 1
- Legal assistance to the poor -- New Jersey 1
- Legal assistance to the poor -- Texas -- El Paso 1
- Legal assistance to the poor-Mississippi 1
- Legal services 1
- Legal services -- Photographs 1
- War on Poverty 1 + ∧ less