Trump plan to gut civil legal aid would have devastating impact on Mainers

Low-income families, elders and veterans all benefit from the federal Legal Services Corp.

Op-Ed (Maine)

William Robitzek
Portland Press Herald (Maine)
March 29, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Pine Tree Legal Assistance (PTLA) (Maine), Maine Justice Foundation


The Trump administration is calling for the elimination of the Legal Services Corp., which has provided federal funding for civil legal aid since 1974. If this becomes reality, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, would lose $1.4 million, almost one-quarter of its budget.

Across our nation, civil legal aid has long enjoyed broad bipartisan support for a reason: Americans believe in justice for all, not just for those who can afford it. The Legal Services Corp. has helped ensure fairness for all in the justice system, regardless of how much money one has.