Proposed ’18 budget would cut LSC by 24%, increase funds for law enforcement and immigration court

Martha Bergmark, a former LSC president, says she is extremely concerned about the proposed cut to a vital organization which has already experienced previous funding losses.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Lee Rawles
ABA Journal
June 30, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


She sees a “wretched disconnect” between the proposed funding cut and the legal needs of Americans. Bergmark points to a University de Chicago study commissioned by the LSC and released earlier this month, which found that 86 percent of civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans in the past year were not addressed with adequate or professional legal help.

“These are real losses for people seeking to get out of abusive relationships, for veterans trying to apply for benefits, or for people in danger in losing their home to foreclosure,” Bergmark said.