Vermont Business Magazine The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced today that Legal Services Vermont will receive a $375,970 Pro Bono Innovation Fund grant. LSC’s Pro Bono Innovation Fund is intended to encourage and expand pro bono efforts and partnerships to serve more low-income clients.Legal Services Vermont will use the grant to build a coordinated, centralized and sustainable infrastructure for statewide pro bono efforts in Vermont. It will collaborate with key stakeholders to develop and implement a robust statewide pro bono system using best practices for recruitment, flexible volunteer venues and effective data tracking to expand access to justice for low-income families in the state.“Pro bono assistance enables Legal Services Vermont to leverage its limited government-funded staff resources with privately contributed services,” said LSC President Ronald S. Flagg. “This grant will promote this leverage and help Legal Services Vermont to assist many more people in need.”Members of the Vermont congressional delegation congratulated Legal Services Vermont on the grant.“Legal Services Vermont is most deserving of this award, and it could not have come at a more critical time,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT). “The COVID pandemic has upended the lives of thousands of Vermonters, and those who suddenly find themselves in need of pro bono legal help should be able to get it. With this funding, LSV will work to create a more comprehensive system to meet the urgent needs of low-income Vermonters. We know that investing in these programs saves money in the long run. As Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I’m proud to support the essential work of the Legal Services Corporation and the state programs it supports.”“Proper legal representation is a part of the foundation of a just and equal society,” said Rep. Peter Welch (VT-At Large). “Quality legal representation has become harder to provide during the coronavirus pandemic, just as many Vermonters face higher medical bills, trouble with public assistance or trouble paying their mortgage. In these difficult times, it is more important than ever to make sure that Vermonters receive quality legal representation, regardless of where they live or how much money they have. I applaud the work of LSC and Legal Services Vermont to offer Vermonters the representation that they are entitled to, free of charge.”Legal Services Vermont is one of 19 recipients of Pro Bono Innovation Fund grants totaling $4,347,185. Eleven legal aid organizations are receiving new grants to significantly expand their pro bono efforts and eight current Pro Bono Innovation Fund grantees are receiving supplemental funding to continue their efforts to transform pro bono delivery in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.LSC awarded this grant from its $4.5 million Pro Bono Innovation Fund included in its FY 2020 congressional appropriation. The creation of the fund was recommended by LSC’s Pro Bono Task Force in 2012. This is the seventh year LSC has received a designated appropriation to award pro bono grants. In all, LSC has awarded 102 grants totaling more than $27.8 million.Legal Services Corporation(link is external) (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 132 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.Source: WASHINGTON – The Legal Services Corporation August 20, 2020
Pacific Standard:Everyone who has ever turned to their friends Ben and Jerry for solace following a break-up is aware that painful emotions often lead to overeating. Yet when discussing the obesity epidemic among low-income families, policymakers tend to focus on more tangible factors, such as the cost and availability of healthy food.Over the past few years, a number of researchers have begun pointing out this emotion blindness, suggesting the stress of poverty is an under appreciated underlying problem. Two new studies that confirm and refine this proposition have just been published.A study from Scotland, published in the journal Appetite, demonstrates a connection between overeating and the anxiety that stems from income inequality. American researchers, writing in Psychological Science, find a link between growing up poor and a propensity to consume calories in the absence of hunger.Read the whole story: Pacific Standard More of our Members in the Media >
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A new policy regarding the process of diplomatic and consular appointments has been made public.The Dominica government announced policy changes to the process of diplomatic appointments on 24 February 2017 in an effort to tighten safeguards and address concerns of citizens and other stakeholders.These policy changes which took immediate effect have been published on the government’s website – www.dominica.gov.dm.It can be accessed here The nine-page document notes that “in an effort to provide clarity, avoid ambiguity and strengthen existing procedures and the practice utilized in the making of diplomatic appointments and the issuance of Diplomatic and Service Passports, the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica hereby issues these Interim Policy Guidelines pending a complete review of the processes and all current appointments”.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of Dominica has the responsibility for processing the issuance of Diplomatic and Service Passports to Officials and selected individuals appointed to serve the Government of Dominica in approved positions in Dominica and in Countries, Agencies and special activities outside Dominica.All such Diplomatic and Service passport are processed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but issued by the Immigration Department and signed only by the Minister with responsibility for Immigration. These Passports are issued principally to facilitate the travel of persons who are employed with or acting on behalf of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica.The interim policy notes that the issuance of diplomatic passports shall be limited to the office holders of appointees: the President, Spouse and children For All Travel; Former Heads of State and Spouse For All Travel; Prime Minister, Spouse and children For All Travel; Former Prime Minister and Spouse For All Travel; Speaker and Spouse For All Travel; Attorney General and Spouse For All Travel; All Ministers and their spouses For All Travel; Parliamentary Secretaries For All Travel; Leader of the Opposition For All Travel; Other Members of Parliament For All Travel; Secretary to the Cabinet/ Head of the Public Service/ Financial Secretary For All Travel; Heads of Overseas Mission, Diplomatic Staff of the Mission and Spouses and their children under the age of 21 For All Travel; Non Resident Ambassadors/Permanent Representatives of International Organizations For All Travel; Ambassadors at Large For All Travel; Honorary Consuls For All Travel; Goodwill Ambassadors For All Travel; Carib Chief For All Travel; Special Envoys/Trade and Investment Commissioners/Advisers to the Government For All Travel; and Dominican Nationals who are heads of Regional and International Organizations For All Travel.The issuance of service passports shall be limited to the following public office holders and appointees for the purpose of facilitating official travel, subject to approval: Director of Audit, Chief of Police, Senior Technical Officers, Permanent Secretaries, Senior Administrative Officers, Heads of Department, Senior Administrative Officers, Senior Technical Officers, Administrative Officers, Directors, Other Government Officials as determined by Authorities.The interim policy outlines the procedure for the appointment of non-nationals and diplomatic passports, monitoring, issuance and renewal of diplomatic and service passports, loss or theft of diplomatic and service passports, termination of appointments, cancellation of diplomatic and service passports, exchange of information, and disclosure. Share Share Share LocalNewsPolitics New diplomatic & consular appointment policy published by: Dominica Vibes News – March 17, 2017 676 Views one comment Tweet Sharing is caring!