Legal Services Corporation



3333 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20007-3522

Phone, 202-295-1500. Fax, 202-337-6797. Internet,

President Helaine M. Barnett

Vice President for Legal Affairs, General Victor M. Fortuno

Counsel, and Corporate Secretary

Vice President for Programs and Compliance Karen J. Sarjeant

Director, Office of Compliance and Danilo Cardona


Director, Office of Information John Meyer


Director, Office of Program Michael Genz


Chief Administrative Officer Charles Jeffress

Comptroller/Treasurer David Richardson

Director, Office of Human Resources Alice Dickerson

Director, Office of Information Jeff Morningstar


Director, Government Relations and Thomas C. Polgar

Public Affairs

Inspector General Richard West


The Legal Services Corporation's mission is to promote equal access to justice in our Nation and to provide high quality civil legal assistance to low-income persons.

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is a private, nonprofit corporation established by the Legal Services Act of 1974, as amended (42 U.S.C.

2996) to seek to ensure equal access to justice under the law for all Americans.

LSC is headed by an 11-member Board of Directors, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. By law, the Board is bipartisan; no more than six members may be of the same political party. LSC is funded through congressional appropriations and provides legal services through grants to independent local programs selected through a system of competition. In


2005, LSC funded 138 programs. Together they serve every county and congressional district in the nation, as well as the U.S. territories. Special service areas also address the needs of Native Americans and migrant farmworkers.

The legal services delivery is based on several principles: local priorities; national accountability; competition for grants; and a strong public-private partnership. Local programs are governed by their own boards of directors, which set priorities and determine the...

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