Don’t eliminate funding for legal services

Eliminating federal funding for legal aid for the poor is unconscionable. Everyone — rich and poor alike — should have access to justice.

Op-Ed (California)

Erwin Chemerinsky
Orange County Register
March 23, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


Many years ago, when I was working in a legal aid clinic as a law student, I represented a number of women who were seriously abused, but who would receive no protection from the police until they obtained a restraining order against their abuser from a court. I saw first-hand how having legal representation provided them essential protection and dramatically changed their lives.

Children in foster care need lawyers to protect their rights and to ensure that they are placed in safe and caring homes. Without attorneys, these children often get lost in the system, being shuttled from one foster home to another.