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									November 10, 2009                                                                           Contact:
For Immediate Release                                                                      Steve Barr
                                                                                        202-295-1615
                                                                                        barrs@lsc.gov


                        LSC Awards Technology Grants
                     To Help Veterans and Military Families
Washington, DC—The Legal Services Corporation has awarded $3.5 million in technology grants to LSC-funded
programs, including a grant to develop a national website for veterans, military personnel and families who seek
help for their civil legal problems, LSC President Helaine M. Barnett announced today.

For 2009, LSC has awarded 38 technology grants to 25 programs in 19 states. The grants were made through LSC’s
Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) program, and the total amount awarded—$3,505,761—included $330,000 from
the State Justice Institute.

To help military personnel and their families, especially armed forces personnel returning from Iraq and
Afghanistan, LSC selected four programs to create centralized resources to provide civil legal materials and
assistance. These grants will be used to develop and implement a national website that will provide information and
online tools designed to address specific civil legal needs of veterans, military personnel, individuals with a military
connection, such as family members, and the people who provide legal assistance. The website also will offer
specialized training for legal aid attorneys, private attorneys who volunteer their services, and others who help
veterans and military personnel.

Four LSC programs were selected to receive TIG awards for the development of these resources and legal materials.
They are Pine Tree Legal Assistance, based in Portland, Maine; the Legal Aid Society in Louisville, Kentucky;
Colorado Legal Services, based in Denver, and Wisconsin Judicare, based in Wausau, Wisconsin.

With millions of Americans slipping into poverty because of the weak economy, LSC also awarded technology
grants to create consumer law materials, including self-help guides and videos, and resources to simplify the
creation of legal documents for low-income individuals and families representing themselves in court. Four
programs will undertake this initiative: North Penn Legal Services in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Center for Arkansas
Legal Services in Little Rock; Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and Idaho Legal Aid Services, based in Boise. The TIG
awards include funds for cooperative work with the National Consumer Law Center in Boston.

“These grants will go a long way toward improving the services that our programs provide veterans, military
personnel, military families and the increasing number of low-income Americans who are at risk of losing their jobs,
health insurance and homes in this unsteady economy,” LSC President Helaine M. Barnett said. “These grants are
part of a continuing effort by LSC to use technology to expand access to justice.”

LSC holds an annual competition for TIG awards, which seek to make it easier for low-income Americans to apply
for civil legal assistance and obtain legal information. In the competition for TIG funding, programs propose
innovative ways to expand client intake through online systems, to expand assistance to unrepresented litigants
through the development of self-help forms, and to replicate technologies that improve client services.

LSC was created by Congress in 1974 as an independent nonprofit organization to promote equal access to justice in
our nation and to support the provision of high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. The
Corporation, which funds 137 programs with 918 offices, is the single largest funder of civil legal aid in the country.

The State Justice Institute awards grants to improve the quality of justice in the courts, facilitate better coordination
between state and federal courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts.

Glenn Rawdon, the LSC program counsel in charge of TIG, and Helaine Barnett praised the Institute for being a
steadfast supporter of TIG. The partnership between LSC and the Institute is in its fourth year.
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