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Legal Services Corporation

3333 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20007



CHAIRJohn G. Levi
Vice-ChairFr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P.

Robert J. Grey, Jr.
Matthew Keenan
Abigail Lawlis Kuzma
Victor B. Maddox
John G. Malcolm
Laurie Mikva
Frank X. Neuner, Jr.
Julie A. Reiskin
Gloria Valencia-Weber


PRESIDENTRonald S. Flagg
Chief of StaffRebecca Fertig Cohen

Government Relations and Public AffairsCarol A. Bergman
Grants ManagementLynn A. Jennings
Legal AffairsWilliam A. Gunn

Corporate SecretaryRebecca Fertig Cohen
General CounselWilliam A. Gunn
TreasurerDeborah Moore

Chief Officers

Chief Officers
FinancialDeborah Moore
InformationJada Breegle

Office Directors

Office Directors
Compliance and EnforcementLora Rath
Data Governance and Analysis(vacancy)
Human ResourcesTraci Higgins
Institutional AdvancementNadia Elguindy
Program PerformanceJoyce McGee
Inspector GeneralJeffrey E. Schanz

The Legal Services Corporation promotes equal access to justice and provides civil legal assistance to low-income persons.


On July 25, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon approved Public Law 93–355 "to amend the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to provide for the transfer of the legal services program from the Office of Economic Opportunity to a Legal Services Corporation." The Legal Services Corporation Act of 1974, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2996 et seq.), established a private, nonprofit corporation to promote equal access to justice under the law for all Americans.

The President appoints, by the advice and with the consent of the Senate, the 11 members who constitute the Board of Directors, which heads the LSC. By law, it is bipartisan and no more than six members may be of the same political party. A member is appointed to a term of 3 years. A majority of the Board members must be members of the bar of the highest court of any State. The Board meets four or more times per year.

An organizational chart is available on the "LSC Leadership" web page.


Congressional appropriations fund the LSC to provide legal services through grants to independent, local legal services provider programs. These programs are selected through a system of competition. In 2017, the LSC funded 133 programs. Together, they serve every county and congressional district in the Nation, as well as the U.S. Territories. Some of these programs address the particular needs of Native Americans and migrant farmworkers.

The legal services delivery system is based on several principles: local priorities, national accountability, competition for grants, and a strong public-private partnership. Local programs are governed by their own boards of directors, which set priorities and determine the types of cases that will be handled subject to restrictions set by Congress. A majority of each local board is appointed by local bar associations, and one-third of each local board is composed of client representatives appointed by client groups. Each board hires its own executive director. Programs may supplement their LSC grants with additional funds from State and local governments and other sources. They further leverage Federal funds by involving private attorneys in the delivery of legal services for the poor, mostly through volunteer pro bono work.

LSC-funded programs neither handle criminal cases nor accept fee-generating cases that private attorneys are willing to accept on a contingency basis. In addition, in 1996, a series of new limitations were placed upon activities in which LSC-funded programs may engage on behalf of their clients, even with non-LSC funds. All programs must comply with laws enacted by Congress and the implementing regulations promulgated by the LSC.

Sources of Information


The LSC maintains a blog.

Board Meetings

Board meeting documents and information are available online.

Business Opportunities

The LSC regularly seeks the assistance of vendors to purchase products and contractors to carry out special projects. The LSC is eligible for General Services Administration schedule pricing and posts requests for proposals on eBuy and

Career Opportunities

The LSC is an organization of socially aware professionals who serve the unrepresented and promote equal justice. Information on career opportunities and working at the LSC is available online.

Civil Legal Outcomes

The LSC developed its civil legal outcomes toolkit to help legal aid programs with defining, collecting, and reporting on metrics that describe their effectiveness. The toolkit includes detailed instructions, electronic learning modules, examples, and additional resources for implementing an outcomes management system.

Client Success Stories

An interactive map allows website visitors to browse client success stories by State.

Contact Us

To make a media inquiry, submit a Freedom of Information Act request, ask a grant submission question, or need to contact the LSC for another reason, use the electronic form on the "Contact Us" web page.


The LSC seeks to increase the accessibility of data that can help grantees, the media, and the public better understand the nature of civil legal needs and the services that are available for addressing the legal needs of individuals and families.


Tax-deductible donations to the LSC support the use of technology innovations in legal services, provide law fellows for civil legal aid programs in need, raise public awareness of the legal aid system crisis, and support research into the effectiveness and need of civil legal aid.


A list of upcoming events is available online.


What percentage of the population is eligible for LSC-funded assistance? What is the average annual salary of LSC grantee staff attorneys? To learn the answers to these questions and others, visit the "Quick Facts" web page.

Federal Register

Documents that the Legal Services Corporation recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

Find Legal Aid

An online search tool is available to find the nearest LSC-funded legal aid organization by address, city, or ZIP Code.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA grants any person the right to request access to Federal agency records or information. U.S. Government agencies are required to disclose records after they receive a written request for them; however, the statute shields certain records from disclosure. The LSC complies with the FOIA and releases records to information seekers, as long as the desired records are not shielded. A FOIA request must be made in writing and may be submitted by electronic submission form, email, fax, or postal service. The request should be clearly marked: "Freedom of Information Act Request." Fax, 202-337-6519. | Email:

The LSC maintains a FOIA reading room online. Before submitting a FOIA request, information seekers should search the reading room for records that are immediately accessible.

Grant Programs

Descriptions of the LSC's seven grant programs—basic field, disaster relief emergency, technology initiative, and veterans appeals pro bono grants; leadership development and loan repayment assistance programs; and pro bono innovation fund—are available online.

Justice Gap

The justice gap represents the difference between the level of civil legal assistance that is available and the level that is necessary to meet the legal needs of low-income individuals and families. To learn more about the justice gap, visit the "The Unmet Need for Legal Aid" web page.


The LSC posts maps that provide a visual representation of nationwide statistics on poverty, disaster risks, flood zones, social vulnerability, and on other topics.


The LSC posts press releases on its website.


The Office of the Inspector General from the LSC posts reports and data on, a text-searchable repository of reports that Federal Inspectors General publish. The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency operates and maintains the website to increase public access to independent and authoritative information on the Federal Government.


Annual reports, budget requests, factbooks, and reports are accessible online.

Public Commentary

The LSC seeks public comments on a variety of proposals affecting grants and operations.

Sharing Best Practices

The "Model Practices and Innovations" web page has a collection of resources: ideas, innovations, projects, and best practices. The legal aid community has contributed these resources as examples, models, or guidance in the quest to provide the highest quality and most effective legal services to low-income communities.

Social Media

The LSC has a Facebook account.

The LSC tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.