ANN ARBOR — Jim Harbaugh’s headed back to Washington.
And this time, he’ll be delivering remarks in front of a congressional briefing.
Michigan’s head coach will be in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday as the Legal Services Corporation presents its new report: “The Justice Gap: Measuring the Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans.”
Harbaugh — a member of the LSC’s Leaders Council — will deliver remarks during the congressional briefing. He’ll be joined by Rep. Susan W. Brooks, Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, LSC Leaders Council Co-Chair and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, LSC Leaders Council Co-Chair and CEO of Merck & Co. Ken Frazier and American Bar Association President Linda Klein.
Per the LSC, the report intends to update and expand “LSC’s 2009 study of the “justice gap” in the U.S.–the difference between the civil legal needs of low-income Americans and the resources available to help them. With the assistance of NORC at the University of Chicago, LSC is providing fresh data and insights into how many low-income Americans are unable to secure adequate civil legal assistance, the range of legal problems they confront, and how insufficient resources affect veterans, persons with disabilities, residents of rural areas, parents and guardians, and victims of domestic violence.”
In February, Harbaugh expressed public displeasure with the White House’s reported budget plan to defund the LSC, the country’s largest funder of legal aid for low-income Americans.
Harbaugh became active with the LSC as a member of its Leaders Council in May of 2016.
Established by congress in 1974, the LSCU “provides funding to 133 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.”