Cynthia Coffman attorneys general ask Congress to preserve federal legal aid funding


Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, a Republican, urged Congress to reject a Trump administration budget proposal that would eliminate federal spending on civil legal services for rural and low-income Americans.
News Story (Colorado)

Ernest Luning
Colorado Statesman
May 26, 2017
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Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


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“For more than 40 years, under Republican and Democratic administrations, the Legal Services Corporation has helped our residents to access justice,” the bipartisan group of attorneys general wrote in a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate appropriations committees. “LSC funding helps veterans and military families secure important benefits, it supports survivors of domestic violence seeking safety, and it assists families facing foreclosure and victims of natural disasters.”

Coffman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey argue that federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation is crucial, particularly as states face budget crunches.

The public, nonprofit corporation — established in 1974 by Congress, its share of the federal budget this year amounts to $385 million — pays for a good share of 133 civil legal-aid programs throughout the country, which rely on attorneys to provide pro bono work to represent qualifying clients.