Trump budget would cut Legal Aid funds in half

The elimination of the LSC would save the government $366 million, but would come at quite a cost to those who are able to receive legal aid throughout the country.
News Story (Tennessee)

Saralyn Norkus
Cleveland Daily Banner (TN)
April 8, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of East Tennessee


“The cut would have a devastating effect on our clients. It truly would. It would take about half of our funding,” stated Executive Director Sheri Fox.

LAET handles cases such as consumer/individual rights, health and benefits, housing and real property, families and children, and elder law issues. The organization has a 59-person staff, including 28 lawyers and 15 paralegals for the 26-county area. There are over 11,200 eligible applicants for every one legal aid attorney. In Cleveland, LAET has two attorneys and two paralegals.

“Right now we can only serve about 20 percent of the people who are eligible for our help due to our already limited recourses,” Fox said.