Fitzpatrick receives Justice Award

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick received the American Bar Association’s Justice Award last week for his commitment to the Legal Services Corporation, a federally supported nonprofit that provides legal aid to low-income Americans

The Times

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-8th dist.) received the American Bar Association’s Justice Award last week for his commitment to the Legal Services Corporation, a federally supported nonprofit that provides legal aid to low-income Americans.

During the 2017 and 2018 budget cycles, Fitzpatrick led the bipartisan push to ensure funding for the program.

Fitzpatrick received the award alongside Sens. John Cornyn and Dianne Feinstein and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation. Established in 1974, LSC operates as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. It is headed by a bipartisan board of directors whose 11 members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

“The Pennsylvania Bar Association is committed ‘to see that no one, on account of poverty, is denied his or her legal rights.’ Consequently, we support Legal Services Corporation federal funding,” said Sharon R. López, president, Pennsylvania Bar Association. “Today, we acknowledge a true champion for Legal Services Corporation. During some dark days when its funding was at risk, Congressman Fitzpatrick was a leader of a bipartisan effort to protect the Legal Services Corporation and the good work it does for the poor. We applaud Congressman Fitzpatrick for demonstrating sound leadership and congratulate him on well-deserved recognition from the ABA Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs.”