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US DOJ grants for legal services

The U.S. Dept. of Justice website now includes a “Grant Information” resource page that should interest the civil legal services community. According to the website, the purpose of the page is “to identify open grants, training and technical assistance that may be of particular interest to defender agencies, courts, state, local and tribal jurisdictions, research and academic institutions, and non-profit organizations that are working to enhance legal assistance and related

Budget deal cuts LSC funding

The federal Legal Services Corporation reported today that the recent budget deal between the White House and Congress includes a cut of $15.8 million (3.8%) in funding for LSC in the current fiscal year. Wisconsin’s two LSC grantees, Legal Action of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Judicare would lose collectively lose approximately $189,00 in funding if the agreement is approved by Congress and signed by the President. Update: Together, Legal Action and

Press release on state funding for civil legal services

Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission Urges Legislature to Fund Civil Legal Services March 31, 2011 Contacts: Gregg Moore, President 715-832-7109 Jeff Brown, Staff Coordinator 608-305-4205 MADISON – The Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission urges the Legislature and its Joint Committee on Finance  to maintain the state’s commitment to fund civil legal services for Wisconsin’s poorest and most vulnerable residents by restoring funding for civil legal services in the 2011-13 state

Commission urges support for legal services funding

In a letter to the Joint Committee on Finance, the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission expressed its support for restoring funding in the state budget to support civil legal services to the poor and the disadvantaged. The proposed budget would eliminate all state funding (about $2.5 million) for civil legal services, affecting thousands of our neighbors who are poor, elderly, disabled, abused, homeless, or otherwise unable to obtain legal legal

Annual meeting agenda

The agenda for the Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission is available now. March Agenda The Commission will also be meeting with the justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court earlier in the day.

“To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice.”

The Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission’s recent adoption of statements on its Mission and Core Values comes at a turning point for Wisconsin. Together, the statements of mission, core values and essential capacities articulate how the Commission will approach the array of  proposals and challenges it faces as it works to expand access to justice in Wisconsin’s civil legal system. Formal work on these statements began at the Commission’s November board meeting

November 17 meeting update

Commission members met in Marquette University Law School’s beautiful new Eckstein Hall for their final meeting of 2010. The Commission received updates from its committees on proposed activities and issues that committees have identified as priorities for further work. Commission members also refined a draft statement of shared core values to guide their work on a wide range of systemic issues from legal aid funding and self-help initiatives to public education and

November 17 meeting agenda

The agenda for the Commission’s Fall meeting on November 17 in Milwaukee is now available. November 17 2010 agenda (pdf)

Commission appointments completed!

With the announcement yesterday by Governor Jim Doyle that he is appointing Kelly Burger, Duana Bremer and Deedee Rongstad to the Commission, we now have our full complement of 17 board members. Last week, Speaker Mike Sheridan announced the Wisconsin Assembly’s appointment of Marvin Wopat to the Commission. Here is a quick summary of the new members: By Speaker Sheridan Marvin Wopat (Rock County Board of Supervisors and vice-chair of

ABA acts on civil right to counsel

The ABA House of Delegates voted on Tuesday to adopt two key documents supporting a limited statutory civil right to counsel for the poor in cases where basic human needs are at stake. One of the resolutions was a set of principles that could serve as a guide as states approach this issue. The second was a Model Act intended to serve as a framework for states in drafting actual