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December 15, 2009


Daphne Macklin

To the members of Congress who had the guts and the wisdom to correct this injustice, thank you. I have been doing (and loving) this work for more than 20 years and there was a lot more respect for my clients and me when attorneys fees were on the table. And, you cannot convince me that our current predicament, particularly the predatory lending massacre of communities of color and working class neighborhood would have ever happened if civil legal assistance had truly been available to these victims. For want of a nail, so to speak.

John Vail

The old fee ban made it more profitable to prey on poor people than on persons who could afford private counsel. It was perhaps the most cynical of the heinous restrictions placed on LSC funded programs. May the others follow it to oblivion.

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