When the federally funded Legal Services Corporation was formed 36 years ago, its goal was to ensure that all Americans have access to a lawyer and the justice system for civil legal issues regardless of their ability to pay.
Currently LSC funds 136 local programs with nearly 900 offices, serving every county, state and Congressional District in the United States and its territories. This includes Indiana Legal Services, Inc..
LSC clients have incomes at or near the poverty level as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and include the working poor, veterans, family farmers and people with disabilities. Today many LSC beneficiaries were formerly middle class individuals and families who became poor through unemployment, illness, family breakup, age or disaster.
And, today, despite the good intentions of its original supporters, civil legal aid — with LSC as the major provider of services — only helps 20 percent of people in need of legal assistance.
Learn more about Indiana Legal Services, Inc. at www.indianajustice.org.