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Letters to the 107th Congress

July 31, 2001

The Honorable Frank Wolf, Chairman
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State,
the Judiciary and Related Agencies
Committee on Appropriations
U.S. House of Representatives
H-309 Capitol Building
Washington, DC 20515

Subject: FY 2002 Funding for the Legal Services Corporation and the Judiciary's Defender Services Program

Dear Mr. Chairman:

Thank you for including $329.3 million for the Legal Services Corporation in H.R. 2500, the FY 2002 appropriations bill for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies. The ABA greatly appreciates your leadership in ensuring more adequate funding for LSC in the Subcommittee's mark. We hope to work with you to continue to strengthen this program which helps low-income individuals address basic legal problems.

We also thank you for including language to increase the hourly in-court and out-of-court rate for Criminal Justice Act panel attorneys to a flat $90. We believe this will greatly assist federal courts in recruiting qualified panel attorneys to provide effective representation under the CJA.

Please do not hesitate to contact Robert Evans, Director of the ABA Governmental Affairs Office, should you ever need any assistance.


Martha W. Barnett
President, American Bar Association

cc: The Honorable Jose Serrano, Ranking Member
Michael A. Glasser, President, Virginia State Bar
Glenn Lewis, chair, Virginia Access to Justice Committee

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