Legal Services Planning Commission
The Legal Services Planning Committee was created by the Minnesota Supreme Court on the recommendation of the Legal Services Planning Commission, which existed from 2003 to 2004.
Chaired by Supreme Court Associate Justice Sam Hanson and Court of Appeals Judge Terri Stoneburner, the Commission was charged with, first, evaluating the present configuration of legal services programs receiving funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation (LSC); second, recommending a reconfiguration of those programs; and, third, engaging in statewide strategic planning of the delivery of civil legal services to the disadvantaged.
The Commission finished its first two tasks at the end of 2003, and issued a report about the reconfiguration of the legal aid programs that received LSC funding.
In 2004, members of the Commission continued to meet and discuss how Minnesota's system of delivering civil legal services to the disadvantaged could be improved. The Commission struggled with how to improve the communication and cooperation among all the contributors to this system and, at the same time, preserve the system's energy, creativity, flexibility, and capacity. The results of that work are detailed in the Legal Services Planning Commission Final Report.
Additional Legal Services Planning Commission Resources:
Final Report of the Client Needs Committee
Final Report of the Pro Bono Committee
Final Report of the Resources Committee
Final Report of the Structure Committee