PSLS Celebrates LSC's 50th Anniversary in Washington, D.C. and its Support for Northern and Central Illinois Residents' Civil Legal Needs

April 11, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. — PSLS’ Executive Director, Denise Conklin, met with congressional staff in Washington, D.C. on April 8 to discuss the importance of constituent access to the legal system on issues like fair housing, veterans’ benefits, domestic violence and burdensome medical debt in Northern and Central Illinois.

Conklin met with staff from the offices of Congressman Brad Schneider and Congressman Darin LaHood. She joined attorneys from every corner of the nation to mark the 50th anniversary of Legal Services Corporation supporting civil legal aid across the United States.

The largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans, LSC was established by Congress in 1974. To mark its historic 50th anniversary, LSC has embarked on an outreach campaign — “Protecting the Promise” of equal justice. LSC held its quarterly board meeting in conjunction with a forum on Access to Justice and a gala on April 8-9.

LSC’s 2022 Justice Gap report found that low-income Americans received no or insufficient legal help for 92% of their civil legal problems.


PSLS offers free legal services to low income persons and those over 60 who have serious civil legal problems and need legal help to solve them. PSLS has 11 offices serving 36 counties throughout Northern and Central Illinois. All offices are accessible to people with disabilities. Free legal help is available in most languages. Learn more:

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974. For 50 years, LSC has provided financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 131 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.