Guarding Legal Services Corp. from Trump budget cuts

Many of us in legal education are dismayed by statements made and actions taken by the Trump administration thus far pushing to eliminate funding to organizations like the LSC that provide civil legal aid to low-income Americans.

Column (Indiana)

Andrea D. Lyon
Indiana Lawyer
April 5, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


LSC assists the poor with basic legal needs in areas like family law, housing, employment, veteran assistance, and natural disaster response. In 2013, LSC helped 1.8 million people — 70 percent of those clients were women trying to keep their children safe and their families together. Providing equal access to justice, LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation, assisting people who reside in households with annual incomes at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (1 in 7 Americans). For these people, the barriers to secure legal aid are often too high, leaving them no place to turn for these vital basic needs.