The American Bar Association took a strong stance in support of the Legal Services Corporation on Thursday, after the federal administration released its official draft budget for the next fiscal year. In the proposed budget plan the LSC is entirely cut. The LSC provides federal funding for over 800 legal aid offices across the United States, allowing these organizations to provide needed legal services to over 1 million low-income and indigent Americans annually.
In California alone, we have eleven LSC grantees – all LAAC members – that receive a significant amount of their annual budget from the LSC. Combined, these eleven organizations serve 200,000 Californians every year – a number they were hoping to increase due to recent increased legal aid funding in California. With such a large amount of their budgets reduced, these organizations will need to significantly scale back their services in the coming years.
The LSC fulfills a critical need for legal services in the United States and has long enjoyed bipartisan support. We at LAAC hope that the White House will reconsider the decision to cut the LSC and will do everything we can to ensure California legal aid is supported by fighting for an increase to legal aid in the California budget.
Organizations mentioned/involved: American Bar Association (ABA), Legal Services Corporation (LSC)