We must fund legal services for the poor

"Equal justice under law” is a core value of our nation. But what happens when a victim of domestic violence, or an older adult facing eviction, can’t afford a lawyer? What happens when millions of Americans don’t have access to justice?

Op-Ed (Oregon)

Nick Fish
Street Roots
April 11, 2017

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


Warren Rudman, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, was an eloquent defender of the program: “The legal services program is based on a very simple, conservative, and critically important premise. Respect for the rule of law, and faith in our country’s system of justice, cannot exist among people who have no meaningful access to our courts.”

The late – and famously conservative – Justice Antonin Scalia once said that the LSC “pursues the most fundamental of American ideals, and it pursues equal justice in those areas of life most important to the lives of our citizens.”