March 19, 2010

Senate confirms PLF's Sharon Browne to board of Legal Services Corporation

By Senate confirms PLF's Sharon Browne to board of Legal Services Corporation

Today the U.S. Senate confirmed six nominees to serve on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation. Among the six is PLF Principal Attorney Sharon Browne, whose nomination had been submitted to the president by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY

Ms. Browne issued this statement following her confirmation today:"I am honored to be confirmed by the Senate to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation. The LSC provides an important service to low income Americans to help with everyday legal problems such as family law, housing employment, government benefits or consumer problems. As a Board member, I hope to enhance the quality of the legal services provided and ensure that the programs operate efficiently, effectively, and with accountability.

LSC is the single largest provider of civil legal assistance for the poor in the nation. Funded by Congress, LSC operates as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans.

Sharon Browne is one of America's leading litigators for equal rights, equal opportunities and equal protection under the law. In California, she has been the leading courtroom defender of Proposition 209 (Article I, Section 31 of the California Constitution) which guarantees equal opportunities by outlawing preferences or discrimination based on race or sex in public employment, contracting and education.

Her full resume may be seen here.

The Legal Services Corporation press release about today's confirmation vote is available here.

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