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Clients Needed to Help LSC Evaluate LSC Funded Legal Services Programs

Clients Needed to Help LSC Evaluate LSC Funded Legal Services Programs

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has announced a pilot project where clients, eligible for services from LSC-funded legal aid programs, will join LSC staff on visits to review the quality of the LSC funded legal aid programs. The goal of the project is to explore how LSC can better obtain the client’s perspective in evaluating the legal services provided by the program.

NLADA Remembers Esther Lardent

NLADA and the entire equal justice community were deeply saddenedby the passing of Esther Lardent, founder of the Pro Bono Institute, NLADA leader and nationally recognized innovator in increasing access to justice for low-income people. NLADA was honored to recognize Esther with its Champion of Justice Award in late 2015, but even this title was inadequate - as any words would be - to describe and acknowledge the many contributions during her visionary career.

In 1996, Esther founded the Pro Bono Institute. Her aim was nothing short of revolutionizing the very concept of pro bono legal services.  The formal, institutionalized pro bono programs of the largest private firms and corporate legal departments in America that we see today directly mirror the transformation that Esther led over 20 years ago.


Nominations Open for the 2016 Kutak-Dodds Prizes

From left: Richard Rothschild, Jo-Ann Wallace of NLADA, Kenneth Rose, and Jennifer Blunt of Kutak Rock LLP 

NLADA, in partnership with the Robert J. Kutak Foundation, has opened the nominations for the 2016 Kutak-Dodds Prizes. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, April 1

Since 1989, the prizes have been awarded to attorneys who have significantly contributed to the human dignity and quality of life of individuals unable to afford legal representation. This annual award honors two longstanding advocates for equal justice, one from the civil legal aid community and another from the public defense community. Each prize carries a cash award of $10,000.

In 2015, Richard A. Rothschild, director of litigation at Western Center on Law & Poverty, was the civil legal aid recipient, and Kenneth J. Rose, senior staff attorney at The Center for Death Penalty Litigation, was the public defense recipient. Both winners have made extraordinary contributions to access to justice and were honored at the NLADA Exemplar Award Dinner last June in Washington, D.C.

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