42 U.S. Code § 2996. Congressional findings and declaration of purpose
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The Congress finds and declares that—
there is a need to provide equal access to the system of justice in our Nation for individuals who seek redress of grievances;
for many of our citizens, the availability of legal services has reaffirmed faith in our government of laws;
attorneys providing legal assistance must have full freedom to protect the best interests of their clients in keeping with the Code of Professional Responsibility, the Canons of Ethics, and the high standards of the legal profession.
Effective Date of 1977 Amendment