Law Firms Urge Trump Administration Not to Cut Funding for Legal-Aid Agency

Akin Gump, Paul Weiss and others say cuts to Legal Services Corp.’s budget would affect their ability to provide free legal counsel.
News Story (NATIONAL)

Sara Randazzo
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
March 9, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


The show of support for Legal Services Corp., a nonprofit created by Congress that relies on around $400 million a year in federal funds, comes after reports that the Office of Management and Budget may recommend that lawmakers completely eliminate funding to the organization, formed in 1974 to expand access to the legal system.

Such a move would weaken many of the 134 legal-aid organizations around the country that receive Legal Services Corp. grants, a number of which focus on family law and housing matters. One in five people nationwide qualifies for legal services from the organizations, which determine need by salaries pegged to the poverty line.