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Legal Services/PAI

Legal services providers that are funded by the Legal Services Corporation ("LSC") are required to comply with a number of regulations, as set forth in the Regulations of the Legal Services Corporation, CFR 45 PART 1600 et seq. Specifically, Part 1614 governs LSC recipients' private attorney involvement ("PAI") activities. The LSC regulations also may apply to programs that receive funds and sub-grants from an LSC-funded program.

Beginning in 1996, the Center for Law and Social Policy ("CLASP") drafted a series of articles discussing the applicability of the 1996 LSC restrictions to private attorneys and PAI programs. In 1998 and again in 2000, CLASP prepared updates of the original article that addressed a number of new issues that had arisen since the restrictions were first enacted. Since 2000, several of the pending issues that were discussed in the original versions of the article have been resolved, new issues have arisen, and LSC has adopted new interpretations with respect to several of the issues addressed in the earlier articles.

The 2003 update addresses those new issues and is designed to update your understanding of those issues that were addressed in the earlier articles as they relate to private attorneys who provide legal assistance to LSC eligible clients and to bar associations, pro bono programs and other organizations that participate in LSC recipients' PAI programs.

Please consult this February 2010 memo for an update on the enforcement of Part 1642, attorneys fees.

For further information, please contact Cheryl Zalenski, Director of the ABA Center for Pro Bono, at (312) 988-5770 or .

Updated: 7/27/2012

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