In light of the findings and recommendations of the PBTF, on January 26, 2013, the LSC Board of Directors authorized initiation of rulemaking to explore rulemaking options regarding the PAI requirement.The LSC Pro Bono Task Force (PBTF) released a report of its findings and recommendations on October 1, 2012. One of the PBTF recommendations addresses LSC’s Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) regulation, which requires grantees to expend an amount equivalent to 12.5 percent of their basic field grants to encourage the involvement of private attorneys in the delivery of legal assistance to eligible clients. The regulation prescribes certain activities that can be counted as meeting the PAI requirement. The PBTF found that the PAI regulation poses a number of challenges to grantees as they seek to expand pro bono resources and assistance.
On April 15, 2013, the LSC Board approved plans to convene two rulemaking workshops. Held on July 23 and September 17, these workshops involved an open discussion among LSC, panelists, and public participants regarding the three topics identified by the PBTF for possible revisions to the PAI regulation. LSC accepted further written comments through October 17.
On this page are links to materials related to this rulemaking process, including panelist information, written comments, recordings of the workshops, and background documents.
PAI Rulemaking Workshop 1 occurred in Denver, Colorado, on July 23, 2013. The following resources are specific to that workshop:
PAI Rulemaking Workshop 2 occurred in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2013. The following resources are specific to that workshop:
Federal Register Notices: Published Notice of Rulemaking Workshops and Revised Notice with Additional Questions and Extension of Deadline
Documents initiating rulemaking:
Opinions Referenced in the Pro Bono Task Force Report: