Legal experts: Trump’s budget plan may jeopardize legal services for poor

Several statewide organizations are decrying a proposed cut in President Donald Trump's budget plan they say could jeopardize legal aid to millions.

News Story (Virginia)

Jared Kline
WHSV (Harrisonburg, VA)
April 18, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Blue Ridge Legal Services (BRLS) (Virginia), Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


The organization, who estimates they serve around 2,400 people between Winchester and Roanoke, receives about a third of their funding from LSC.

Whitfield said they’d have to cut around half of their staff if their federal funding is cut.

“Hundreds of people that we could normally help here in Harrisonburg [and] Rockingham County couldn’t be helped,” said Whitfield. “We’d have to turn them away and there’s really no other place for them to go.”