Legal Aid Funder Faces Existential Crisis Under Trump

Following Donald Trump's election to the presidency, the LSC and its grantees face an existential crisis — for the first time since President Ronald Reagan left office, the executive branch has repeatedly called for LSC's elimination.

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RJ Vogt
October 28, 2018

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM), National Center for Access to Justice (NCAJ) at Fordham Law School, National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), Utah Legal Services (ULS), South Carolina Legal Services


For those who can’t afford lawyers in civil cases, Congress established the Legal Services Corporation in 1974, a nonprofit that grants federal legal aid money to service providers across the country. LSC President Jim Sandman said most Americans don’t know the importance of the legal services his organization funds.

“They don’t realize that you can lose your home, you can have your children taken away from you, you can be a victim of domestic violence in need of a protection order against an abuser — and you have no right to a lawyer if you can’t afford to pay for one,” Sandman said.