Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

State Bar Officials Ask U.S. Congress to Boost Legal Services Funding

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

State Bar Officials Ask U.S. Congress to Boost Legal Services Funding

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State bar association presidents are asking Congress to boost legal services funding to at least $400 million for fiscal year 2009.

In a recent letter to the chairmen of budget subcommittees that set Legal Services Corp. funding, the bar organization heads said that if the agency was funded at its 1995 level, adjusted for inflation, it would receive $576 million. Its 1995 budget funding level was $415 million.

Legal Services received $350.5 million for FY 08, an increase of $1.9 million over the previous year.

The letter carries the names of the presidents of bar associations of all 50 states, including Oklahoma Bar Association President Bill Conger, as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and the presidents of the National Conference of Bar Presidents and National Association of Bar Executives.

Legal Services officials say that, under the president's budget request for FY 09, which totals $290 million for basic field services funding, Oklahoma would receive $4. …

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