Expanding Budget Requests for Civil Legal Needs of the Poor:
Is More Control for Effective Services Required?
HRD-78-100: Published: Apr 26, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 1978.
- Full Report:
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) provides civil legal services to the economically disadvantaged. In order to do this, it finances over 300 legal service projects across the nation staffed by over 3,700 attorneys who handle an estimated 1.2 million legal problems annually. LSC budget has more than doubled since 1976 in an effort to expand service to cover previously unmet needs of the poor. LSC is also required to study the economy and effectiveness of alternative systems for delivering legal services to the poor.
Recommendation for Executive Action
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Recommendation: The President, LSC, should: (1) work toward developing budgets and allocating resources to grantees on the basis of local costs and service experience, local needs and priorities, and availability of non-LSC resources; (2) place top priority on developing a project information system and require all grantees to implement the system; (3) ensure that grantees have established priorities for accepting clients; (4) ensure that participants in the study of alternative service delivery approaches accurately submit required data as a condition for continued funding; (5) use data submitted to develop information on the activities and results of the initial experiments for use of second series participants; and (6) analyze and publish study results from current study participants before funding any new tests of alternative or supplemental delivery approaches.