Friday, November 19, 2010

White House Weighs in on Access to Justice

Vice President Joe Biden today spoke at a Middle Class Task Force event co-hosted by the Department of Justice's Access to Justice Initiative.  He outlined three steps that the administration is taking to promote access:

  • The Department of Labor is working with the American Bar Association to provide legal assistance to workers who lodge complaints (for not getting paid, e.g.) with DOL's Wage and Hour Division.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Legal Services Corporation are working together to provide attorneys for veterans through the LSC network.
  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development is working with the DOJ initiative to promote effective foreclosure mediation programs.

The DOJ Initiative has a number of other projects already in the works; check them out here.


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