WASHINGTON, D.C. — West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin will be at the White House Tuesday to meet with senior officials with the U.S. Department of Justice and other leaders in the legal community.

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Justice Brent Benjamin

They’ll be talking about ways to expand legal services to people who cannot afford those services during The White House Forum on Increasing Access to Justice.

It’s the third forum those with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which Congress created in 1974, have co-hosted with the White House.

LSC currently provides funding to 134 independent, nonprofit legal aid programs in every state.

“Sadly, in our state, Legal Aid must turn away roughly two-thirds of those who seek help in our courts and West Virginia Legal Aid has less than one attorney per county,” said Justice Benjamin, a longtime advocate for legal access, in a statement.

Benjamin was elected to a 12-year term on the Supreme Court in 2004.  He served as Chief Justice in 2009 and 2013.

Tuesday’s White House meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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  • Voter

    Yeah they need some more free stuff.

  • rick

    Don Blankenships bought and paid for Justice working on access for poor people....just like a wolf working on behalf of the sheep.

    • Aaron

      Don Blankenship spent $3 million during this election cycle with a message that benefited Mr. Benjamin

      The trial lawyers association and labor spent an estimated $3 million with a message that specifically called for re-electing Warren McGraw.

      While everyone remembers the first, those who seem to oppose Mr. Blankenship's expenditures seemingly forget that of McGraw supporters.

      Wonder why that is.

  • DWL

    Liberal entertaining liberals. Must be a training session in corrupt governing if the DOJ & the m0r0n are involved.

    • Political Observer

      Your comment makes no sense. Since when did Benjamin become a liberal?

  • Tom

    Low income citizens have no voice in the American legal system. They cannot get help for their legal woes...nor is there anyone to even speak for them. It's much like our health system...no money, no access.

    • Max

      Lawyers are the only profession that get ALL their money up front before stepping into a courtroom...let a doctor or business require all up front money and see how the lawyers eat them alive...they're a profession without conscience.

      • Gadfly

        Max, I'm sorry to tell you, but you don't know what you are talking about.