New White House Panel Could Increase Legal Aid in Tennessee

A new White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable, established last week by President Barack Obama, will bring together 20 federal agencies that will work to increase access to civil legal services for low income individuals. "Gaps in the availability of legal aid...for America's poor and middle class threaten to undermine the promise of justice for all and constitute a crisis worthy of action by the federal government," Obama said in creating the roundtable. According to a press release from Legal Aid of East Tennessee, just 10 percent of those who qualify for services are helped in that region due to limited funding. The agency expressed optimism that the presidential action could mean more resources for the state.

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