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SUPREME COURT VICTORY PROTECTING LEGAL FUNDING
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(For more info on the IOLTA case, please click here.)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2003

CONTACT: Timothy Dowling or Doug Kendall, (202) 296-6889

Community Rights Counsel ("CRC") hails the Supreme Court's ruling today in Brown v. Legal Foundation of Washington, which upholds programs in virtually every state in the country that provide critical funding for legal services for the indigent.

In the words of Doug Kendall, CRC's Executive Director, "today is another bad day for the property rights movement. Washington Legal Foundation had little to gain here except the satisfaction of depriving poor people of desperately needed legal services. The Court wisely rejected their claims."

Tim Dowling, CRC's Chief Counsel, added "as in last year's Tahoe ruling the Court has seen through the empty legal reasoning of property rights extremists."

Community Rights Counsel's brief in the Brown case, filed on behalf of the National League of Cities, International Municipal Lawyers Association, and the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, focused exclusively upon the ultimately dispositive question of whether there could be a violation of the Just Compensation Clause if no compensation is due.

CRC is a nonprofit public interest law firm in Washington, D.C. that helps local governments defend challenges to land-use controls and other community protections.

For more info on the IOLTA case, please click here.


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