Scalia supported legal aid — Trump doesn’t

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia praised the Legal Services Corporation for providing “high-quality legal assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to afford adequate legal counsel.”


Ralph Gants
Boston Globe
June 5, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


Justice Scalia and the Supreme Court understood — as do the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Appeals Court, and Trial Court, the Conference of Chief Justices of the National Conference of State Courts, and judges and attorneys throughout the country, regardless of party affiliation — that the continued existence of LSC at an appropriate level of funding is essential if we are to fulfill our commitment to equal justice under law to our poorest and most vulnerable citizens. If Congress were to agree to the president’s call for the elimination of the LSC, it might as well also amend our Pledge of Allegiance to omit the phrase “with liberty and justice for all,” to spare our children from reciting a pledge that our federal government will have abandoned.