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New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chairwoman of the Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction and Senator John Sampson, Democratic Conference Leader are holding public hearings regarding the financial crisis that the New York State Interest On Lawyer Account Fund ("IOLA") is facing. The IOLA Fund, in existence since 1983, is used as a means to provide additional financial support to civil legal service organizations. The money is used to provide lawyers to indigent people in dire circumstances who need representation for foreclosure actions, unemployment hearings, landlord tenant eviction proceedings, fair hearings and many other legal actions.