The Single Worst Thing Trump’s Budget Could Do to Our Justice System

At a time when the ACLU is raking in donations and basking in high-profile love, the Legal Services Corp. is like the mousy, overlooked sister—not nearly so glamorous, but doing work that is absolutely essential.


Jenna Greene
February 27, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


We cannot allow it to be destroyed.

“This is a fundamental issue about the fairness of our justice system…and whether it’s rigged against people who can’t afford to pay for a lawyer,” said LSC president James Sandman in an interview. If LSC funding was eliminated, he said, it would “threaten the integrity of our justice system.”

Sandman quoted Thomas Jefferson: “The most sacred of the duties of government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens.”

That’s not possible if only one side has a lawyer, whether the fight is over an eviction or foreclosure, domestic violence, child custody, public benefits, elder law or other areas where legal aid lawyers offer assistance. “Fair access to the justice system is about who we are as a country,” Sandman said.