AP cites Gabe’s economic impact study in report on civil legal aid services

The Associated Press cited a University of Maine economic impact study in a report about how the state is looking for groups to provide free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents. Experienced nonprofit organizations, legal aid clinics at law schools, and pro-bono programs are eligible to receive funding from the state’s civil legal services fund, according to the AP. A 2016 report by UMaine economics professor Todd Gabe found that Maine legal aid providers secured about $4 million in benefits from federal programs and $2.4 million in federal grants, the AP reported. The report found such efforts created about $13.4 million in economic activity and created dozens of full-and-part time jobs. U.S. News & World ReportPortland Press Herald and Biddeford Journal Tribune carried the AP report.