Madison attorneys, advocates say Trump budget cuts threaten legal aid organizations


At a press conference Thursday, advocates and lawyers gathered to defend LAW and similar organizations that provide attorneys for low-income defendants in the civil court system.
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Lisa Speckhard
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 7, 2017
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Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Action of Wisconsin, Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


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As it is, the organizations providing these services don’t have enough funds, they say. Wegleitner is the only full-time lawyer at LAW handling eviction and subsidized housing cases for nine counties.

“There are a lot of people who need our help who we have to turn away,” she said.

LAW worked on 10,652 cases in 2015, leaving 11,078 eligible cases unserved due to a lack of resources.

Advocates and lawyers said Thursday that civil legal aid protects some of the state’s most vulnerable populations, including veterans, homeless families, domestic abuse survivors, senior citizens, the disabled and women of color.