Legal Services Corporation president: U.S. has defaulted on pledge of equal justice under law

Declining federal money for legal aid programs, and a drop in other funding sources, mean the United States is no longer living up to a founding principle.

News Story (Missouri)

Rachel Lippmann
St. Louis Public Radio
March 2, 2016

Tags: Access to Justice, Funding: Federal, Justice for All

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


Nationally, legal aid offices have to turn away 50 percent of the people who come to them seeking help, Sandman said, and that number underestimates the problem. The income thresholds are so low that many people who cannot afford an attorney can’t qualify for legal aid services.

“One of the most troubling statistics to me is this one — the vast majority of victims of domestic violence seeking protection orders in the U.S. have to represent themselves,” Sandman said. “Think about that.”