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Legal Services Corporation
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the organizational successor of the OEO-Legal Services Program. The idea of creating an independent legal services entity was initially proposed in 1971 by an ABA study committee, headed by Jerome Shestack, as well as the President’s Advisory Council on Executive Reorganization (Ash Council). The LSC was then established by the United States Congress in 1974 as a private, non-profit corporation promoting equal access to justice (P.L. 93-355). The LSC, the single largest provider of civil legal assistance for the poor in the United States, manages and oversees federal funds, appropriated by Congress, and distributes them in form of grants to local legal services providers, which give legal assistance to low-income clients in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. In addition to awarding grants to legal services providers through a competitive grant process, the LSC conducts compliance reviews and program visits, and provides training and technical assistance to programs. The LSC is headed by a bipartisan board of eleven directors, appointed by the President of the United States, and confirmed by the United States Senate. No more than six of the eleven members can come from the same political party.
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