The Trump budget: Keep civil legal aid off the chopping block

This aligns well with the administration's priorities. To paraphrase Trump, when only the rich can afford a lawyer, the system is rigged.

Op-Ed (Minnesota)

Robert K. Vischer
Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
February 28, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


The working poor who voted for Donald Trump weren’t looking for a handout — they were looking for a voice. Legal aid attorneys have been a voice for the voiceless for decades, enabling those on society’s margins to stay in their homes, with their kids, and in their jobs.

In upending the establishment, Trump voters asked for a champion. Working with Congress to maintain support for legal aid is one way for our new president to show that he was listening.