The Legal Services Corporation was created to help provide essential civil legal services to low-income Americans. In the mid-1990s, the Republican-controlled Congress imposed sweeping and unwarranted restrictions that continue to hamper the work of local legal services offices . . . .
As bad as America's foreclosure crisis is -- and it's very bad, with over 300,000 homes receiving a foreclosure filing every month -- it's being made even more devastating by the lack of legal assistance available to beleaguered homeowners . . . .
A storm has been brewing in Maryland regarding the recent firing of state Public Defender Nancy Forster, and the related attack on several defender programs that she championed, including the Northwest Defenders . . .