News Tag: Advocacy

January 5, 2015

Federal Legal Aid Funding Gets a Bump

Thanks to the leadership and strong support from Illinois legislators led by Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and Rep. Mike Quigley, the final 2015 appropriation for the federal government that was signed into law last month includes a modest increase in funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the entity through which federal funding for legal aid flows, and also meets the requested funding needs for the federal Judiciary.

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November 21, 2014

The President’s Administrative Action on Immigration and the Way Forward

When it comes to immigration, the one thing that all sides agree upon is that our current system is broken.  It is a system that is out of step with our nation’s economic and security needs and core values, and a system that has led to 11 million people living, working, and contributing to our country with no realistic path to legal status.  Despite consistently strong public backing for comprehensive reform of this system and a reform bill that passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support, Congress has yet to pass a bill, and the House shows no credible signs of doing so.

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August 5, 2014

A Fair and Responsible Response to the Recent Influx of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors

At its core, the recent influx of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the border is a humanitarian issue and should be addressed with that recognition. By putting aside political posturing and focusing on the real problems driving this crisis, we can resolve the issue fairly and effectively–and without unnecessarily putting these children at risk of further harm.

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April 11, 2014

CBF Works to Sway Hearts and Minds in Washington

Earlier this week, attorneys and staff members representing the CBA and CBF, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in ABA Day, the ABA’s annual advocacy event in Washington. Each year, Congress considers legislation that impacts access to justice, the justice system and the legal profession.

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January 21, 2014

Better Funding News for Legal Services Corporation and the Federal Courts

For the first time in years, the final budget agreement for 2014 that Congress just approved this week has some better news for both Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funding and funding for the federal courts (including the federal defender), two priority issues on which the CBF focuses its advocacy efforts. Because Congress has already agreed on the top line numbers for next year’s budget, this funding should also have some stability through 2015, a relief amid all the cuts and uncertainty of the last three years.

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