Legal Services Worried That Trump Will Take Ax to Agency

But advocates for equal access to the courts say it's too soon to write the agency's obituary.

News Story (New Jersey)

Charles Toutant
New Jersey Law Journal
January 25, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Equal Justice Works (DC), National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), Legal Services of New Jersey


LSC, which seeks an appropriation of $502 million for Fiscal Year 2017, distributes funds to local organizations that provide legal aid in the 50 states. The proposal to cut LSC funding was part of a report that also called for eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities as well as the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, among others, The Hill reported. The newspaper said the proposed cuts mirror suggested cuts in a report issued last year by the Heritage Foundation, which has long been critical of LSC.