The Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act (AB 590)

    The Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act (AB 590) extends free legal representation to economically challenged individuals and families facing eviction, domestic violence, child custody disputes, and other critical civil legal actions on a pilot project basis.  Pleased as we are to be winning awards and earning accolades for our part in helping spur passage of AB 590, the real reward comes from knowing that our skills and experience have helped protect vulnerable Californians.  Although unprecedented economy-driven funding crises have threatened the very existence of California's legal aid programs, Manatt has worked long and hard to enable low-income citizens to access the same caliber of legal representation as is available to the privileged.  AB 590 allows California lawyers to earmark ten percent of their state bar dues for a "Temporary Emergency Legal Services Voluntary Assistance Fund" over the next three years, which will help state legal aid programs to continue providing counsel to low-income citizens on matters impacting their families and safety.