Pisgah Legal Services CEO on State Cuts to Legal Aid

Not only did North Carolina’s nonprofit legal aid groups see the General Assembly cut much of their state funding used to help poor clients with civil legal troubles, they were at a loss as to why it happened.

Audio, News Story (North Carolina)

Jeremy Loeb
WCQS (Asheville), Associated Press (AP)
August 14, 2017

Tags: Funding: State & Local

Organizations mentioned/involved: Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) (North Carolina), Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC), Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy (formerly Legal Services of Southern Piedmont) (North Carolina)


There was little to no debate on the repeal of the Access to Civil Justice Act, which means state funds for the groups will fall from $2.7 million to $1.1 million. Most of what’s left over must go to help domestic violence victims and veterans. Just eight years ago, the groups had received $6.3 million combined.  We were perplexed by the cut because we never did receive an explanation,” said George Hausen, executive director of Legal Aid of North Carolina, the largest of the three groups.

Moore, a Cleveland County Republican, initially declined to comment on the provision last month. But during a recent return to Raleigh, Moore said there were concerns about “some of the priorities” of the groups.