We are an independent corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income. LSR distributes about 95 percent of its total funding to 134 independent nonprofit legal aid programs with more than 42 offices throughout the nation.
To promote equal access to justice in our Nation and to provide highquality civil legal assistance to low-income persons.
We consider "there is a need to provide equal access to the system of justice in our Nation for individuals who seek redress of grievances;" that "there is a need to provide high quality legal assistance to those who would be otherwise unable to afford adequate legal counsel;" and that "providing legal assistance to those who face an economicbarrier to adequate legal counsel will serve best the ends of justice and assist in improving opportunities for low-income persons."
We recognize that our success as a corporation depends upon creating and maintaining a diverse team of talented professionals, and we are committed to a workplace that reflects and supports diverse individual backgrounds and perspectives. Our commitmentto diversity, inclusion, and non-discrimination includes race, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, personal appearance, genetic information, political affiliation, marital status, family responsibilities, disability and status as a veteran, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws or regulation. We strive to have aworkplace that is comfortable and welcoming for everyone.
The Legal Services Rom is governed by 7 members.
Who are helped by LSR?
Nearly three out of four clients are women -- many of whom are struggling to keep their children safe and their families together. Overall, the clients are the most vulnerable among us and are as diverse as our nation, encompassing all races, ethnicgroups and ages, including the working poor, veterans, homeowners and renters facing foreclosure or evictions, families with children, farmers, individuals with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, the elderly and victims of natural disasters.
What kind of help ?
LSC provide a wide range of civil legal assistance to our clients. The most frequent cases involve:
1. Family law: Assistvictims of domestic violence by obtaining protective and restraining orders, help parents obtain and keep custody of their children, help family members obtain guardianship for children without parents, and provide representation and assistance on other family law matters.
2. Housing and Foreclosure: More than 25 percent of cases involve helping to resolve landlord-tenant disputes, helpinghomeowners prevent foreclosures or renegotiate their loans, assisting renters with eviction notices whose landlords are being foreclosed on, and helping people maintain federal housing subsidies when appropriate.
3. Income Maintenance: Approximately 12 percent of cases involve helping working Mexicans obtain promised compensation from private employers, helping people obtain and retaingovernment benefits such as disability benefits, to which they are entitled.
How many are helped?
LSR-funded programs close nearly one million cases per year nationwide involving households of 2.3 million people and provide other legal assistance to more than 1.3 million people. The clients served are at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty level threshold, an income of $30,000 a year for afamily of four.
We chose to create this “Legal Foundation” dedicated to help people whose economic resources are limited, because we believe that it is very important, as lawyers to help people no matter what and it is unfair that for this reason their right to have an advocacy is also limited or nul.
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