Trustees Unanimously Adopt Resolution Recognizing October 2011 as Campaign for Justice Month
Cosponsored by the State Bar of California and the Legal Aid Association of California, the Campaign for Justice is a network of attorneys and other leaders who care about fairness and seek to ensure that all Californians have access to justice under the law.
Bar leaders across the state have been working to help legal aid programs that are struggling as a result of the dual impact of the economic crisis—needing to serve many more clients with fewer resources. The dual goals of the campaign are to expand pro bono and to increase contributions from lawyers to support their local legal aid programs.
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Text of LACBA's resolution:
LACBA Board of Trustees Resolution Recognizing October 2011 as Campaign for Justice Month
WHEREAS, Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (“IOLTA”) funds in California have decreased significantly over the last three years, resulting in unavoidable cuts in IOLTA funding for legal services for Californians in need; and
WHEREAS, other funding sources for legal services for Californians of limited means have been cut or are threatened; and
WHEREAS, unemployment, foreclosures, and other aspects of the current economy have increased the need for legal services, with more than six million Californians now living in poverty; and
WHEREAS, a network of attorneys and other leaders who care about fairness and seek to ensure that all Californians have access to justice under the law have organized a “Campaign for Justice,” through which legal aid and pro bono lawyers will keep families in their homes, enable children to access health care, secure wrongfully denied unemployment benefits, and help persons with disabilities get Social Security; and
WHEREAS, the lead entities in the “Campaign for Justice” are the Office of Legal Services of the State Bar of California and the Legal Aid Association of California (“LAAC”), an organization made up of more than 75 legal services providers; and
WHEREAS, in October 2011, the “Campaign for Justice” will launch a coordinated statewide effort to increase awareness of the need for increased resources to provide legal services for those in need, under the banner: “CHOOSE JUSTICE, Increasing Justice for Those Without”; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California and LAAC have declared October 2011 as "Campaign for Justice Month" in support of the campaign to increase resources for legal services for those of limited means;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of the Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association recognizes October 2011 as Campaign for Justice Month.