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Legal Services Corporation Visits St. Louis

posted Jul 12, 2012, 10:32 AM by Thomas Glick
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Board of Directors and staff arrived in St. Louis April 27 for several days of meetings. On the morning of April 28, the visitors boarded a trolley for a visit to the Family Justice Center in downtown St. Louis which opened its doors January 12.

The center in St. Louis is one of about 15 across the country where numerous agencies are together in one location to help victims of domestic violence.The City of St. Louis received a Department of Justice grant to fund the center, and LSEM received a grant to plan the opening and coordinate the delivery of civil legal services with other agencies.The LSC visitors heard from a domestic violence victim who shared her very moving situation with them.They also had the opportunity to visit with the executive director of the center and representatives from some of the other agencies delivering services at the center. The next stop was Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) where the visitors heard about some of our programs and projects.They viewed a video which features case histories from three former LSEM clients, and then heard about program services from Joel Ferber, managing attorney for Health & Public Benefits, Jacqueline Kutnik-Bauder, managing attorney for the Children’s Legal Alliance, and Karen Warren, managing attorney for Special Projects which provides assistance to individuals with HIV/AIDS.

As the visitors were leaving the building, LSC president Helaine Barnett addressed the LSEM staff. She stated that the LSC staff recommended the Board of Directors meet in St. Louis because of the “multiple examples of excellence demonstrated by your program” during a visit by LSC staff last September. Those team members “... were impressed with the high quality of your legal services, your outstanding collaborations, partnerships and relationships ... your talented and dedicated staff ... the meaningful results you achieve for your individual clients ... your substantial community outreach ... the quality of your community education ... leveraging of federal dollars ... excellent resource development ... fine management system and a committed board.” Barnett also discussed her focus on quality in the delivery of services, and the “Justice Gap”, a report documenting the need for assistance and the lack of funding to help all those eligible for services.

The Honorable E. Richard Webber, Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and Dr. Patricia Wolff, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, addressed the LSC visitors at a luncheon at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. At one of the LSC board committee meetings following the lunch, testimony was provided regarding private attorney involvement in the delivery of legal services. Individuals testifying included Daniel Glazier, LSEM’s executive director and general counsel, Thomas Glick, attorney with Glick Finley and member of the LSEM Board of Directors, and Adam Burkermper, attorney with The Burkemper Law Firm. Both Glick and Burkemper provide pro bono services to LSEM clients through the Volunteer Lawyers Program.

A reception was held at the Missouri History Museum Friday evening,April 28.The reception was sponsored by a number of bar associations and other LSEM supporters. Welcoming remarks were made by Susan Nell Rowe, president of the LSEM Board of Directors, Frank Strickland, chairman of the LSC Board of Directors, Helaine Barnett, and Daniel Glazier. Doreen D. Dodson, partner with The Stolar Partnership and a former president of The Missouri Bar, delivered remarks on behalf of The Missouri Bar. Missouri legislators, Honorable Rachel Storch, Honorable Barbara Fraser, and Honorable Margaret Donnelly, presented a resolution to the LSC board and staff welcoming them to the Show-Me State and applauding LSC for its history, goals and programs. Several members of the Volunteer Lawyers Program were recognized by LSC at the reception for their pro bono work: Eric Hensic, Michael Kornblum, Vincent Reese, Colleen Vetter, and Candace Welch. More committee meetings and the LSC Board of Directors meeting were held Saturday, April 29.
 
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