On March 26, 2003, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown
v. Legal Foundation of Washington (No. 01-1325),
upholding programs in virtually every state in the country
that provide critical funding for legal services for
the indigent. Brown was a takings challenge against
Washington State's "Interest on Lawyer Trust Account"
(IOLTA) program, which provides the much-needed revenue
for legal services for our nation's poor.
By a 5-4 ruling, the Court held that because the clients
could not otherwise earn net interest, no compensation
was due and, therefore, there was no constitutional
violation. Community Rights Counsel's brief in Brown,
filed on behalf of the National League of Cities, International
Municipal Lawyers Association, and Trial Lawyers for
Public Justice, focused exclusively on this dispositive
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