Pursuing Full Access

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Missouri. In January, 2000, six LSC-funded legal services programs declared that:

The legal services community of Missouri is committing to build an integrated state-wide system that will provide full and equal access to legal services for all low income Missourians no matter what the barrier -- geography, language, money, education.

We are committed to achieving a full access system, and nothing less. It will be for all Missourians who cannot afford it -- men, women, families, disabled, blind, old, rural, urban, of all ethnic backgrounds, lineage and religious beliefs, .... We will not be satisfied until Justice rolls down a mighty river ... and touches all residents.
For information contact: Richard Halliburton, Legal Services of Western Missouri

Pennsylvania: In its October, 1998 planning report, the community of Pennsylvania legal services programs, including their principal funders PLS and IOLTA, declared a bold vision:

Every community [in Pennsylvania] will have access to the full range of legal services that its population can benefit from. Clients anywhere in the state will have access to a full range of legal remedies and a full range of services .
For information contact: Al Azen, PA IOLTA

Tennessee: The eight LSC-funded programs issued a bold blueprint for action in July, 2000, declaring that:

We see [the poor] go to the community "Well of Justice" and come up with an empty bucket. Because we see it we have to fix it...Today the goal has to be full access to justice: every poor person with a legitimate civil legal problem can get the assistance they need.
For information contact: Jim Deming, TN Assn of Legal Services




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