Pro Bono legal work, or legal aid for those in poverty, has long been a tradition and a responsibility of the legal profession in this country. It is the opinion of Mary McClymont, the President of the Public Welfare Foundation, that more assistance is needed to those impoverished to obtain fair legal representation. The New York Community Trust has already paved the way, and McClymont is recommending that Connecticut follow suit.
80% of Americans face financial hardship by the age of 60. This makes it nearly impossible for those to afford legal help. The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is in the position to present this article to their 100 plus philanthropic organizations and promote adding legal aid to its list of grant recipients, and is requested to do so as one way to help alleviate this social crisis.
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