Legal Aid Classic Raises $20K

A Montgomery Bar Association fundraiser for the regional legal aid organization raised $20,000, including the bar association’s matching donation of $10,000 raised in the July 8 Legal Aid Classic.

Last year’s Legal Aid Classic raised $17,000, according to Jim Mathias, the bar association’s director of marketing, communications and public affairs.

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, which provides pro bono civil legal services to low-income residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties, has a $460,000 cut in its budget this year because of the drop in grants derived from interest earned from attorney trust accounts. The shortfall makes up 11 percent of Legal Aid’s $4.5 million budget.

The Montgomery County portion of Legal Aid of Southeastern PA will lose close to $120,000 in IOLTA funding.

— Amaris Elliott-Engel, Staff Reporter

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