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Microsoft To Fund New Pilot Project To Improve Legal Aid

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"Microsoft Corp. is committing $1 million to fund pilot projects for online legal portals that will direct low-income people to legal service providers.

The Legal Services Corporation is expected to announce Microsoft’s gift and introduce the new initiative at an event Tuesday at the White House, which will be livestreamed starting at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. The LSC will also announce the creation of a Leaders Council to raise awareness of the need for increased funding for civil legal services for the poor. The new group includes high-profile non-lawyers, including University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh and Viacom vice-chairman Shari Redstone, as well as prominent lawyers such as Eric Holder of Covington & Burling and Craig Martin of Jenner & Block."

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