Former Judge Lippman expects Congress to restore legal aid

Lippman says he expects Congress to restore funds cut by Trump's budget.

News Story (New York)

Robert Gavin
Albany Times Union
April 3, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


Former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said Monday he expects Congress to restore $385 million in legal aid for the poor that President Donald Trump’s budget would eliminate.

The proposed cuts would defund the Legal Services Corp., which provides money for civil legal services for the poor — Lippman’s signature issue as chief judge from 2009 to 2015.

“Rest assured that that will not stand,” Lippman said to wide applause at a ceremony at the Court of Appeals to unveil Lippman’s portrait, an event that drew U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who on Monday evening received an award and spoke at Albany Law School.