Lawyers fear Trump may kill legal aid funding for the poor

More than 150 law firms across the country sent a letter to White House budget director Mick Mulvaney on Thursday, urging him not to propose the elimination of federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation.

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Jeanne Sahidi
CNN Money
March 9, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


LSC provides grants to nonprofits nationwide that in turn provide civil legal aid to those who otherwise can’t afford it. The beneficiaries of LSC funding include homeless veterans, low-income workers and victims of domestic abuse.

The law firms made the case that defunding LSC would greatly impair legal services provided by nonprofit groups as well as private pro bono lawyers.

“Eliminating the Legal Services Corporation will not only imperil the ability of civil legal aid organizations to serve Americans in need, it will also vastly diminish the private bar’s capacity to help these individuals,” the letter said.