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The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association invite you to submit a training proposal for the 2010 Equal Justice Conference. This conference is designed to bring together all components of the legal community committed to ensuring civil equal justice for the poorest, most disadvantaged people and communities in our society.

The 20010 ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference is scheduled to be held May 13-15, 2010 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Phoenix, Arizona.


Michael D. McKayThe Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) elected Michael D. McKay, a member of the Board since 2003, as vice chairman on September 21.

Mr. McKay, who chairs the Finance Committee of the LSC Board, is a founding partner of McKay Chadwell, PLLC, in Seattle. From 1989 to 1993, he served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, in Seattle.


The West Education Center and the ABA Section on Taxation are offering a free webinar entitled, Helping Charities via Pro Bono: How to "Do It" Without Harm, on October 26, 2009 at 1pm ET. This program is presented as part of the 2009 National Pro Bono Celebration.


Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. will receive $585,287 to provide legal services statewide to help people avoid the loss of their rental home and to help secure housing for households that may already be homeless as part of a $22 million package announced by Governor Edward Rendell.


Chart of LSC-Eligible Clients

Number of Americans eligible
for LSC-funded legal aid.

Poverty statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Sept. 10 show that nearly 54 million Americans qualified for LSC-funded legal aid in 2008—about three million more than the year before and the largest number in LSC history.

The number represents almost 18 percent of all Americans in 2008, a nearly one percent increase from 2007 and the highest percentage since 1996. The number includes 18.5 million children and 20.7 million adult women. Both groups increased by about one million from 2007.