Storyteller: Meeds, Lloyd
Interviewer: Rhudy, Robert
Date of interview: 2002-07-18
Topics: LSC: Creation
Geo, US: WA
NEJL I.D.: NEJL-009.057
Georgetown status: Transcript yes and Video upon request
Link to NEJL page: http://hdl.handle.net/10822/710423
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Transcript link: Transcript
Transcript status: DeleteMeSoon
Consortium status: Gtn info copied
Abstract: The interview was conducted in Washington, D.C., and topics include the passage of the Legal Services Corporation Act.
From the transcript: Lloyd Meeds was the Congressman from Everett, Washington, Northwest Washington, from 1965 to 1977. Congressman Meeds was an outstanding supporter of the Legal Services Program within the Office of Economic Opportunity and was a prime sponsor of the Legal Services Corporation Bill that passed Congress in 1974. “Everett, Washington is about 25 miles north of Seattle, and it’s in a beautiful coastal area of Washington State, and I represented that area in Congress. It had the beautiful San
Juan Islands and along the coastline of Washington State the North Cascades. A very beautiful, beautiful area. I served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for a number of years–some time in the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and some time–for almost two years in the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. When I got out of the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, I went into private practice, and of course as a struggling young attorney, I got a lot of appointments by the court to defend people, and I did a lot of Pro bono work for people. I realized just how very important being able to have access to the courts was to people and how scarce it really was in many instances.