Chief Justice on Proposed Legal Aid Cuts: ‘You Can’t Just Be for the Rich Folks’

Judicial leaders in Texas plan to ask Congress and the White House to save federal funding for civil legal aid to poor Texans.
Interview (Texas)

Angela Morris
Texas Lawyer
March 17, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


President Donald Trump in his proposed budget has zeroed out all funding for the federal Legal Services Corp., which asked for $502 million to distribute to states to help fund legal aid services for the poor.

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht said it’s critical to keep funding LSC because it’s the “backbone” of support for access to justice for very poor people.