Directors of the state’s civil legal aid programs warned in a joint letter Thursday that Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed state budget would leave thousands of low-income Kentuckians without access to essential legal assistance.
News Story (Kentucky)
January 19, 2018
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Tags: Funding: State & Local
Organizations mentioned/involved: Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. (AppalRed Legal Aid) (Kentucky), Legal Aid of the Bluegrass (Kentucky)
If state funding is eliminated, the programs would be forced to severely curtail the number of people they could help, officials said.
“We’re saddened that there’s people who need our help that we aren’t going to be able to lend a hand to,” said Jillian Beach, communications manager for Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, one of the four legal aid programs.
Beach said the legal aid programs played a major role in helping hundreds of former clients of Eric Conn, a Kentucky lawyer who swindled millions from the federal government as he represented Eastern Kentuckians in disability cases. The benefits of about 900 former clients of Conn were jeopardized because of suspicion that the cases Conn submitted for them included fraudulent information from four doctors.