250+ General Counsel Ask Congress to Boost Federal Funding for Legal Services Corp.

More than 250 general counsel are asking Congress to increase federal funding for Legal Services Corp. as the Trump administration seeks to completely cut funding for the group, which offers legal aid to low-income Americans.

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Caroline Spiezio
Law.com
April 29, 2019
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Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


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In a letter sent Monday, the general counsel of Twitter, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Amazon, Ford Motor Co. and 258 other major companies request Congress “expand access to justice by increasing federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation.” Last month, LSC submitted a budget requestfor $593 million in 2020. The White House’s 2020 budget proposal plans to defund the group, the Trump administration’s third attempt to do so.

“Corporate legal departments, law firms and solo practitioners have been increasing their donation of time and money to close the justice gap for many years now,” said John Schultz, the chief legal officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and the immediate past chair of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association corporate advisory committee, in a statement. “However, it simply is not enough. We need increased government support to make certain the system is truly providing justice for all.”