Maybe President Obama really is into the whole post-partisanship thing.
Yes, that’s the same Pacific Legal Foundation that filed an amicus brief seven years ago in support of litigation challenging the legality of IOLTAs, or Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts. And yes, that’s the same Legal Services Corp. that awards grants to local legal aid programs and encourages them to make that money go further by seeking other funding … like IOLTA.
So she’ll help run the group that helps people do stuff she doesn’t want them to do. After the jump …
Browne acknowledged her organization’s past (unsuccessful) challenge to a key funding source for many legal aid groups. But she said she didn’t see anything incongruous with her nomination.
“I believe that the Legal Services Corporation provides a very good benefit and service to low-income Americans,” she said.
Browne earned her J.D. from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and has served on the California Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. She is serves on the executive committee for the Federalist Society’s Civil Rights Practice Group.
Browne has authored briefs arguing against race-based school district assignment policies. She and the PLF have also been ardent supporters of Prop. 209, the 1996 ballot initiative that ended most affirmative action programs in California.
We haven’t heard back yet from any legal aid representatives regarding Browne’s nomination.
— Cheryl Miller
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