Equal justice at risk

Every day, LSC-funded legal aid attorneys in Kentucky and across our nation are upholding this ideal as they work to expand access to justice to all Americans. Their vital work must continue.

Op-Ed (Kentucky)

John G. Levi, Victor B. Maddox
Courier-Journal (KY)
June 1, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (LASLOU) (Louisville, KY), Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. (AppalRed Legal Aid) (Kentucky), Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


This essential service, however, is now under threat of termination.

President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal calls for eliminating LSC.

Eliminating LSC would leave some of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens with little legal recourse when facing threats to their security and well-being.

By law, clients of LSC-funded organizations are poor. They have incomes at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty rate – $15,075 for an individual and $30,750 for a family of four – and many are single mothers, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities.