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MS Equal Justice Foundation

Thursday, January 26, 2006

  • Organization: MVLP
Mississippi Equal Justice Foundation To Solicit Funds For Legal Services For The Poor

For 30 years, Mississippi's Legal Services Programs have served as a beacon of hope, providing free legal assistance to the state's poor and working poor. Their mission is to promote equal access to the civil justice system. The only two remaining Legal Services Programs, the Mississippi Center for Legal Services and the North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, serve all of Mississippi's 82 counties, almost 600,000 potential clients, with a staff of 27 lawyers. As a result of the 2000 Census data, Mississippi's funding from the Legal Services Corporations, a public non-profit funding source, has been reduced by approximately $1,000,000. In 2002, the Mississippi Equal Justice Foundation was launched to work in partnership with Legal Services Programs, the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and private donors to help bridge the gap between the need for and the availability of legal services. The Foundation will soon begin its 2004 Campaign, soliciting financial contributions from the private bar for the benefit of Legal Services and the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyer Project. The Mississippi Equal Justice Foundation respectfully urges you to generously support this campaign at a level commensurate with the rewards our profession has brought to you. We ask you to join us in making the financial support of Legal Services standard practice within the Mississippi Bar. In addition to our duty to provide pro bono legal services (an aspiration goal of 50 hours), Rule 6.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct directs lawyers to "voluntarily contribute financial support to organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means." Meanwhile, if you have questions, please contact the Legal Services' Office of Resource Development at 800-959-4752.
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