Federal Manager's Daily Report

President Biden has revived the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable, an Obama administration initiative to promote equal access to justice that went dormant during the Trump administration.

“Through funding, interagency collaboration, and strategic partnerships, the federal government can drive development of new approaches and best practices that provide meaningful access to justice today, and into the future, consistent with our foundational ideal of equal justice under the law,” a presidential memo says.

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Goals include to “improve coordination among federal programs, so that programs are more efficient and produce better outcomes by including, where appropriate, legal services among the range of supportive services provided”; “increase the availability of meaningful access to justice for individuals and families, regardless of wealth or status”; and “develop policy recommendations that improve access to justice.”

The Roundtable is to consist of representatives of some two dozen Cabinet departments and other agencies, with an initial report due within four months focusing on the “impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on access to justice in both the criminal and civil legal systems.”

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