D.C. struggling to maintain legal services

Providers say that lawyers — and not just their firms — need to pony up.

, The National Law Journal

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With law firm revenues trending back up, civil legal services groups in Wash­ing­ton are crossing their fingers that law firm giving follows suit. Poverty rates in D.C. have remained stubbornly above the national average, U.S. Census data show. According to administrators at local nonprofit organizations, the demand for free legal assistance has jumped as more families navigate unemployment, homelessness and everything in between.

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