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Abstract

A growing number of national, state, and local voices have called for reform of the legal services restrictions. Reports by Access to Justice and legal services commissions in eighteen states have identified the restrictions as substantial barriers to justice.Others have spoken out about the harms of the restrictions, and particularly their application to non-LSC funds. Describing a lawsuit filed by Oregon against the “program integrity rule,” Governor Ted Kulongoski said: “The important point is that for the first time a state is now party to a suit that attempts to free Legal Aid from restrictions that serve no purpose other than to close the courthouse door to plaintiffs who have no ability to hire private attorneys.”

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