Cuts to legal services for rural, poor people would hurt those who helped elect Trump

Legal aid organizations across the country, especially in the nation’s rural expanses funded for decades by the Legal Services Corporations, provide the critical voice for the poorest and most vulnerable of our neighbors.
Op-Ed (California)

Kevin R. Johnson
Sacramento Bee
March 26, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC)


As the late Justice Antonin Scalia emphasized in a speech at the Legal Services Corporation’s 40th anniversary conference in 2014, it “pursues the most fundamental of American ideals, and it pursues equal justice in those areas of life most important to the lives of our citizens.”

Put simply, Legal Services Corporation is the backbone of the modern legal aid system in the United States. It is especially important in rural areas where there are few lawyers and many poor people. Federal funding for civil legal services provides crucial assistance to hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.