Trump to Cut Legal Aid, Lawyers Doubt Congress Will Approve

Jim Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corp., said he expects Congress will ignore Trump’s budget and grant his organization’s full request for $502.7 million.
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Gabe Friedman
March 16, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


“We represent a fundamental American value — equal justice,” said Sandman. “That’s a value as old as the republic itself. Congress understands that.”

He added, “This isn’t some nice-to-have program. It’s a must-have if we believe we are a nation with justice for all.”

Since 1974, the organization, which is set up as an independent corporation, has been funded by Congress to provide low-income people across the country with lawyers. Every year, its staff works on domestic abuse and child custody cases, elder abuse, foreclosure and eviction, consumer fraud and other cases.