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PROPOSED RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND BAR OFFICERS TO MAKE PUBLIC STATEMENTS CONCERNING FUNDING FOR CIVIL LEGAL SERVICES AS PROPOSED BY THE ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION 


WHEREAS, on February 28, 2005, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals created the Access to Justice Commission to establish a coordinated planning process to develop strategies to improve access and reduce barriers to access to civil justice, to improve coordination and support of civil legal services programs, to work with courts, administrative agencies, and lawmaking bodies to promote systemic changes to open greater access to the civil justice system, and to promote strategies to generate adequate levels of public and other sources of funding for civil justice and specifically “the access to justice initiatives identified by the Commission”; and

WHEREAS, on April 10, 2007, at a Special Meeting of the District of Columbia Bar membership, the membership approved a resolution authorizing the governors and officers of the District of Columbia Bar and their designees to make public statements for a period of five years on behalf of the Bar to support appropriations and general revenues in the District of Columbia annual budget to fund proposals recommended by the Access to Justice Commission to improve access to civil legal services in the District of Columbia; and

WHEREAS, on March 20, 2012, at a Special Meeting of the District of Columbia Bar membership, the membership approved a resolution authorizing the governors and officers of the District of Columbia Bar and their designees to make public statements for a period of five years on behalf of the Bar to support appropriations and general revenues in the District of Columbia annual budget to fund proposals recommended by the Access to Justice Commission to improve access to civil legal services in the District of Columbia; and

WHEREAS, in previous years the Access to Justice Commission has sought appropriations from the District of Columbia for legal services and the Council of the District of Columbia has approved appropriations in support of projects designed to facilitate access to the civil justice system in the District of Columbia;

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors considers that continued annual public funding of initiatives of the Access to Justice Commission, designed to improve and equalize access to the civil justice system in the District of Columbia, closely and directly affects the administration of the courts and the Bar’s ability to assist in the improvement of the administration of justice;

NOW, THEREFORE, it is, by the membership of the District of Columbia Bar, at a Special Meeting on March 29, 2017, duly called to consider this resolution, hereby

RESOLVED, that effective immediately, the governors and officers of the District of Columbia Bar and their designees are authorized to make public statements and recommendations on behalf of the Bar to support appropriations of general revenues in the District of Columbia annual budget to fund proposals recommended by the Access to Justice Commission to improve access to civil legal services in the District of Columbia. The Bar’s position on appropriations for Access to Justice Commission proposals will be approved at least annually by the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar. This authorization is effective for five years.

March 29, 2017