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Partner and Litigation Department Chair Craig Martin Joins Initiative to Increase Legal Services for the Poor

Jenner & Block Partner and Litigation Department Chair Craig C. Martin has joined a new initiative to raise awareness for increased funding of legal services for the poor.  Announced recently at the White House,  the Leaders Council of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) will have about 30 members, including other prominent lawyers and non-lawyers such as University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh and Viacom Vice Chairman Shari Redstone.  LSC is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans.  It currently provides funding to 134 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia and US territories.  According to an article in The American Lawyer, the creation of the Leaders Council represents a new approach for the LSC.  The article quotes LSC President James Sandman saying that “the first step to more funding is more awareness.”