Legal-Service Aid for Vulnerable North Dakotans on Chopping Block

Tucked into the Trump administration's proposed $54 billion cut to domestic programs, is the complete defunding of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), a funding organization that helps provide free legal services on civil matters to poor Americans.

News Story (North Dakota)

Eric Tegethoff
Public News Service (PNS)
April 18, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of North Dakota (LSND), Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


One of the beneficiaries of this organization is Legal Services of North Dakota. Executive director Richard LeMay, says his organization helps North Dakotans in a vast array of financially trying situations.

“Domestic violence is a big area that we work in, where victims of domestic violence don’t have money to hire private attorneys to help them get protection orders or to get other types of relief that they need to survive,” he explained.

The LSC currently has a budget of $385 million. Legal Services of North Dakota receives half its funding from the LSC, amounting to around $750,000 dollars. It’s the only legal service of its kind in the state, providing free help for low-income residents.