The National Report for the United States (US) for the International Legal Aid Group (ILAG) consists of two parts: Part I is an update to previous national reports covering the period from June of 2013 through December of 2015. Part II is a longer Background Part that includes details about the US system.
President Obama is fully committed to expanding civil legal aid on a federal level and his administration is sympathetic to rebuilding the civil legal aid delivery system and its long neglected infrastructure. The Obama Administration continues to submit budget proposals that include increases in funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and the elimination of several key restrictions on what LSC-funded programs can do. The board appointed by President Obama and the new LSC President remain. In addition, the initiative on Access to Justice (ATJ) at the Department of Justice continues. Both in 2014 and in 2015, the White House also held conferences on LSC at which the Attorney General among others spoke. LSC also held a three day 40th Anniversary Celebration in September of 2014 which included talks by the Vice President, Hillary Clinton, two Supreme Court Justices, and two Senators and a concluding session in October of 2015.