WASHINGTON – The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced today that Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County will receive a $305,776 Pro Bono Innovation Fund grant. LSC’s Pro Bono Innovation Fund is intended to encourage and expand robust pro bono efforts and partnerships to serve more low-income clients.

NLSLA is one of 15 recipients of grants from LSC’s Pro Bono Innovation Fund, a competitive program that invests in projects that identify and promote replicable innovations in pro bono for low-income legal aid clients. NLSLA will use its grant to support its Antelope Valley Online Community Assistance Team. The project employs technology to connect private attorneys in Los Angeles to rural clients in the Antelope Valley. Pro bono volunteers will assist low-income clients on a variety of legal issues, but particularly focus on helping remove barriers to employment.

“We are grateful to Congress for establishing the Pro Bono Innovation Fund and for increasing funding by $500,000 this year,” said Jim Sandman, President of LSC. “These grants stimulate more volunteer participation by the private bar, leverage the federal investment in civil legal aid, and allow our grantees to reach more people in need of civil legal assistance.”

Members of the California congressional delegation applauded the grant:

Senator Kamala Harris: “Legal Services Corporation is critical to ensuring that every American, regardless of their circumstance, can rely on that great American promise of equal justice under law. I’m proud that Bay Area Legal Aid, Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County are being supported by LSC and Congressional funding, and will bring more justice and access to justice to Californians.”

Representative Steve Knight: “I’d like to congratulate Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County on receiving this grant from the Legal Services Corporation. Legal representation and advice is a vital asset for any business, family, and citizen in the United States. The money awarded in this grant will go a long way towards ensuring clients in the Antelope Valley have a wide array of legal services.”

Representative Norma Torres: “The residents of Los Angeles County deserve access to justice and equal protection under the law, regardless of their income. I’m proud our community is receiving this grant, which will help the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County provide thousands of low-income individuals and families in our communities with the free legal representation they need.”