Louise S. Rulli


Since its inception, the national legal services program has faced serious political opposition and formidable challenges to fulfilling the promise of equal access to justice for the nation's poor. The 104th Congress presented legal services programs with their most difficult challenges to date: reduced federal funding by almost one-third, the largest single-year funding reduction in the history of the program, and sweeping restrictions imposed upon the activities of legal services lawyers. With such dramatic changes as a backdrop, Yale Law School convened the first annual Arthur Liman Colloquium to bring together legal services lawyers, private attorneys, and members of the academy to examine the future of civil legal services to the poor.

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