Carol A. Bergman has served at Legal Services Corporation since March 2012 and is responsible for managing LSC’s communications and relationship with Congress, the executive branch, the media, and the general public. Bergman has been engaged in federal legislative and policy work for more than 25 years. She served as director of legislative affairs for drug policy in the Clinton White House, and as associate counsel for the Committee on Government Operations in the U.S. House of Representatives, under Chairman John Conyers. She has also worked for several non-governmental organizations on a wide range of domestic and international issues that disproportionately impact poor people, including HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, and criminal justice reform. Bergman has testified before the U.S. Congress, the Parliament of the United Kingdom, and several state legislatures. She is an adjunct professor at George Washington University where she has taught congressional affairs in the Department of Global Health. She has also taught at American University’s Washington College of Law where she was a resident fellow in the Program on Law and Government. Bergman has a B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, CA. She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.
Government funding is one of the principle sources of funding for legal aid programs but convincing politicians to fund these programs can seem like a huge obstacle. Experts discuss the complex issue of educating donors about what legal aid is.
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