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June 16, 2009

STATE BAR PRESIDENT URGES NEW YORK'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO SUPPORT FUNDING FOR THE LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION

In a letter sent today to the New York Congressional delegation, State Bar President Michael E. Getnick of Utica (Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore, LLP and of counsel to Getnick & Getnick of New York City) called upon the lawmakers to support the appropriation of $440 million for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), as part of the 2010 Commerce, Justice and Science budget. The appropriation would represent a $50 million increase over the 2009 budget.

"Even the $440 million appropriation contained in the current budget proposal would fall far short of the needs of those New Yorkers who cannot afford a lawyer when they are faced with personal crises, such as eviction, family dissolution or the denial of basic governmental benefits like disability and unemployment," said Getnick. "In these economic times when many of your constituents are facing these crises, there can be no valid justification to reduce funding that would provide desperately needed legal assistance," he concluded.

The letter can be viewed at www.nysba.org/LSCFundingLetter.

The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, State Bar programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.

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