Don’t chop legal aid funding

Eliminating funding for the Legal Services Corp. poses a threat to our entire community. Denying funding for civil legal aid prevents access to justice for all.

Letter to Editor (Pennsylvania)

Deborah R. Gross
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Philadelphia Bar Association, Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


The Philadelphia Bar Association has a longstanding history of support for the provision of civil legal aid, which helps ensure fairness for all in our justice system, especially those living at or below the poverty level.

Philadelphia has the highest rate of poverty among the country’s 10 largest cities, and legal aid is an invaluable tool to fight poverty and protect the safety and well-being of low-income families. In Pennsylvania, studies have shown that such aid yields an investment return of about $11 for every $1 spent. Across the country, such aid has reduced taxpayer costs by preventing homelessness, securing health benefits, and