Why General Counsel Oppose Trump’s Legal Services Cuts

The in-house attorneys, representing numerous industries and some of the country’s biggest companies, asked Congress to grant the legal aid nonprofit $450 million in FY 2018.
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Rebekah Mintzer
National Law Journal
March 29, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


John Schultz, executive vice president and general counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and chairman of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association Corporate Advisory Committee:

I hope that the administration and Congress understand the benefits that LSC provides. It’s not just benefits to Republicans or Democrats. It’s to veterans, it’s to low-income families, it’s to women in abusive households.

If for some reason the LSC isn’t protected I think you will see an erosion of those services and I think you’ll see a material impact on a lot of peoples’ lives. And it isn’t just people in the inner city—quite to the contrary. Many of these services are going to rural communities in what you’d consider currently to be red states. This would have a material impact across all political lines.