National Resources

American Bar Association Division for Legal Serviceswww.americanbar.org/groups/legal_services.html – This site contains information about the activities of the ABA in support of legal services to America’s low-income population. The site discusses the ABA’s efforts in the areas of affordable legal services, IOLTA, lawyer advertising, lawyer malpractice, lawyer referral, legal aid, military legal assistance, prepaid legal services, pro bono, and specialization. It also lists recent developments in the legal services field, upcoming events, and the Division’s quarterly magazine.

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School www.brennancenter.org – This site contains information about the Brennan Center’s legal services initiative, which is dedicated to ensuring that poor citizens have access to effective, enduring and unrestricted legal assistance in civil cases. The first report in the Access to Justice series features the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau.

Legal Services Corporationwww.lsc.gov – LSC funds 143 legal aid programs around the nation to help poor Americans gain equal access to the judicial system. The Maryland Legal Aid Bureau receives LSC funds.

National Legal Aid & Defender Associationwww.nlada.org – NLADA’s website provides information about the organization’s civil and defender legal services, member services and benefits, training events, annual conferences, government relations, and latest news. It also lists useful links to external legal services news and information sources.

The National Association of IOLTA Programs (www.iolta.org) and the American Bar Association Commission on IOLTA (www.americanbar.org/groups/interest_lawyers_trust_accounts.html) have teamed up to provide information about IOLTA to the public, lawyers, financial institutions, and anyone interested in increasing access to justice in the United States and Canada.

PSLawNet pslawnet.org – The PSLawNet is a free national public interest employment database available to anyone interested in entering or changing careers in the public interest/legal services community. Jobs are categorized by location, practice area, job eligibility, and job type.

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Lawwww.povertylaw.org – The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law is a service of the National Clearinghouse for Legal Services. It provides poverty-related case reports, legal hotline technical assistance, research links, discussion forums on various poverty-related topics, and access to the Poverty Law Archives.