Where’s LSC’s Funding? 150 Big Law Firms and 134 Nonprofits Want to Know

LSC began to sound the alarm among its partners, which include many high-powered law firms that provide pro bono services in conjunction with them. They were already organized to respond.

Blog Post, Editorial (NATIONAL)

Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
March 10, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


The firms argued that the money leverages private sector money in their own pro bono work. “Eliminating the Legal Services Corporation will not only imperil the ability of civil legal aid organizations to serve Americans in need,” it read, “it will also vastly diminish the private bar’s capacity to help these individuals. […] Our ability to provide pro bono legal services is directly dependent on partnership with legal aid organizations. The pro bono activity facilitated by LSC funding is exactly the kind of public-private partnership the government should encourage, not eliminate.”

Of course, this reasoning assumes that the current administration sees core value in the legal representation of poor people.