Peter Edelman, a professor of law at Georgetown Law Center and chair of the D.C. Access to Justice Commission, writes of the need to lift the federal legal services restrictions, a "de facto violation of equal protection."
When Maythe Ramirez went to Superior Court in Contra Costa, Calif., for a child custody hearing in 2006, she wanted to tell the judge that her husband beat her and should not be allowed broad visitation rights . . .
For the first time in more than a decade, Congress has a real chance to lift the crippling restrictions on the federally financed Legal Services Corporation (LSC) that have hampered the agency's efforts to assist poor people seeking redress through the courts . . . .