Don’t cut legal aid for the poor

Preserving funding for the Legal Services Corp. should be a priority — and so should securing a more stable source of funding at the state level to help thousands of poor Floridians get through the courthouse door.

Editorial (Florida)

Tampa Bay Times
April 24, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Bay Area Legal Services (Tampa) (BALS)


Flying dangerously under the radar is the president’s push to eliminate federal money for the Legal Services Corp., which distributes millions in Florida and elsewhere to local organizations that help provide lawyers for the poor. Access to the civil courts cannot be a luxury available only to those who can afford to hire a lawyer, and everyone should have competent legal advice when they need help securing veterans benefits, seeking lost wages, fighting eviction from an apartment or coping with domestic abuse.