Skip to main content

Legal Services Corporation

 Organization

Historical Note

From Wikipedia:

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:

Alfred H. Corbett Papers

 Collection
Identifier: NEJL-043
Scope and Contents The Alfred Corbett Papers is arranged in five series. Most of the materials in the first series (Oregon), were collected during Corbett's service as Oregon State Representative and later as State Senator from 1956 until 1965. The second series documents his work with the Office of Economic Opportunity/Legal Services Program (OEO/LSP), and includes reports and evaluations of several Community Action Agencies and planning and budgeting for nation-wide and regional...
Dates: 1965-1977, 1993

Antoine G. "Gerry" Singsen Papers

 Collection
Identifier: NEJL-026
Scope and Contents 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.
Dates: 1977 - 1994

Arthur von Keller, IV Collection

 Collection
Identifier: NEJL-048
Scope and Contents 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.
Dates: 1969 - 1985

Askew, Hulett "Bucky" -- Interview by Victor Geminiani, 1991 Jul 22

 Item
Identifier: NEJL-009.012
Scope and Contents In the interview, Hulett “Bucky” Askew recalls how he first got involved with legal services during law school at Emory in Atlanta, Georgia, when he worked in the Atlanta Legal Aid Office as part of his requirements for graduation. He discusses how he went to Washington, DC, to work for the OEO Legal Services Program in early 1969 as the Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Health Affairs, which he called the “most formative and critical experience” of his life. He became friends...
Dates: 1991 Jul 22

Bamberger, Clinton "Clint" -- Interview by Christopher Brown, 2002 Jun 04

 Item
Identifier: NEJL-009.053
Scope and Contents Clint Bamberger discusses his early career; his involvement in Brady v. Maryland and the impact of the case; his recruitment to the OEO by Howard Westwood; his unsuccessful campaign for Maryland Attorney General; his teaching career; his work as the Executive VP of the Legal Services Corporation; his departure for the LSI; and the Reggie program.He also discusses major challenges for legal services throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including the CRLA controversy and the reduction of funding...
Dates: 2002 Jun 04

Bennett, H. Michael "Mickey" -- Interview by Alan Houseman, 2004 May 27

 Item
Identifier: NEJL-009.071
Scope and Contents Interview with H. Michael (Mickey) Bennett conducted in Palo Alto, California by Alan Houseman on May 27, 2004.
Dates: 2004 May 27

Bergmark, Martha -- Interview by Harrison McIver, 1992 Jul 28

 Item
Identifier: NEJL-009.014
Scope and Contents 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.
Dates: 1992 Jul 28

Burton Fretz Opposition to the LSC Collection

 Collection
Identifier: NEJL-057
Scope and Contents These materials were generated during the early Reagan administration and collected by long-time legal aid advocate Burton Fretz, the former director of the Senior Citizens Law Center, The documents reflect efforts to eliminate federal funding for public interest law through the Legal Services Corporation and the Department of Health and Human Services. The collection includes, for example, strategy papers by the Heritage Foundation on how to undermine federal funding for legal services, and an...
Dates: 1980 - 1982

Cecilia Esquer, Steven Engelberg, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, ca. 1978

 Item — Box: NEJL-065.01, item: 03
Identifier: NEJL-065.03
Contents Photograph from a Legal Services Corporation board meeting. Photo subjects from left to right: unknown, Cecilia Esquer, Steven Engelberg, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Dates: ca. 1978

Clinton Bamberger Papers

 Collection
Identifier: NEJL-033
Scope and Contents The papers of E. Clinton Bamberger Jr. document Bamberger's career as a legal services administrator, educator, and advocate. The collection, to some extent, also documents the history of legal services in the United States from the mid 1960's through the mid 1990's. And while some items such as articles and neighborhood law office handbooks and manuals pre-date the mid-1960's, the collection essentially begins with Bamberger's arrival on the scene as the first Director of the Legal Services...
Dates: ca. 1960-ca. 1990