From the 2007 News Archive
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin ’67 Announces Push for Increased Legal Aid Funding During School of Law Symposium
At the Maryland Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class symposium
marking the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s 25th anniversary, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin ’67 announced that he will introduce legislation next year to increase federal funding to meet the legal needs of lower income citizens.
"We cannot allow this justice gap to continue, and we must move to increase access to justice for low-income Americans who need an attorney to provide civil legal assistance," said Bailey Fine, a representative for Cardin.
Cardin will hold hearings this year on the extent of the unmet need for such services, Fine said.
Earlier this year, the School of Law worked with Senator Cardin to support recently passed legislation
that provides loan repayment for legal aid attorneys. The Legal Aid provision builds on existing loan repayment and retention programs for federal prosecutors and 29 other government agencies. It provides up to $6,000 a year in loan repayments, with a lifetime maximum of $40,000.
"Senator Cardin has long advocated the need to provide legal services to low-income Americans," said Dean Karen Rothenberg. "His leadership in public service and commitment to expanding access to justice provide a powerful example to our students."
Unique among law schools nationwide, the University of Maryland School of law requires every student to provide legal services to individuals who are poor or otherwise lack access to justice. Named for Senator Cardin, the law school’s Cardin Requirement stipulates that all full-time students take courses that link theoretical study of the law with providing legal service to those in need