Women’s eNews reports that Senator and Presidential-hopeful Joseph Biden plans to introduce bills in the spring to continue his work against domestic violence. (Biden was the author of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.)
Two key parts of his bills would 1) create a network of 100,000 lawyer volunteers to work for victims of domestic violence and 2) help pay back the loans of lawyers who represent indigent domestic violence victims in at least half of their caseload. He estimates the bill would cost a modest $20 million per year for the loan forgiveness and about $8 million to do the initial set-up for the network of volunteers.
That sounds eminently reasonable for such a worthwhile effort to get more representation for domestic violence victims.
- David S. Cohen