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WI Supreme Court Takes Step Toward Creation of Legal Aid Organization

Wisconsin's Supreme Court has taken the first step toward creating a nonprofit organization to provide more legal help for the poor, reports JS Online. "This month, the court voted 6-0, with Justice David Prosser abstaining, to direct its staff to work with the State Bar of Wisconsin and other officials on a draft order authorizing the nonprofit group."

State Bar wrote in its petition:

About 80% of (Wisconsin) households with a legal need go without (it). .?.?. Legal service providers in Wisconsin report that for every eligible client they serve, they must turn away another client, simply for lack of funds.

There is no consensus on the court at this time over how that corporation might work, who would serve on its board and who would pay for it.