Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
The Legal Services Corporation is warning that the House Appropriations Committee’s proposal to cut $104 million in funding next year could leave hundreds of thousands of low-income individuals without access to legal assistance. The committee on Wednesday released its proposed fiscal year 2012 budget. Funding for the LSC would drop by about 26 percent, from $404 million this year to $300 million. In April, Congress reduced the group’s fiscal year 2011 funding from the original $420 million allocation. According to a statement released by the LSC, the cuts would roll back funding to its lowest level since 1999. The bulk of LSC’s funding is distributed to 136 nonprofit legal aid programs across the country. By the end of 2011, the group anticipates that at least 200 attorneys will have been laid off from Legal Services Corporation-funded programs across the country and many more will be laid off following the 2012 cuts. “At LSC programs, requests for assistance are increasing. The poverty population eligible for civil legal assistance has grown by 17 percent since 2008, to an all-time high of 63 million Americans. And funding from non-federal sources is decreasing. This is not the time to undercut the fundamental American commitment to equal justice for all,” President James Sandman said in a statement. In interviews with The National Law Journal earlier this year for a special report on the state of legal aid, providers expressed concern that federal funding cuts would compound drops in revenue from state budget cuts and a more challenging fundraising environment. Critics have called for a reduction in funding, saying that the group has strayed too far from its mandate by getting involved in issues like redistricting and illegal immigration. John Constance, LSC’s director of government relations and public affairs, said that based on attorneys’ previous caseloads, he estimates that the cuts and ensuing layoffs could force programs to turn away about 235,000 eligible low-income individuals nationwide. American Bar Association President Stephen Zack weighed in with a statement on July 7 opposing the cuts. “The next time a major natural disaster strikes, where should its victims turn for legal assistance in putting their lives back together?” he asked. “Today’s cuts will decimate the operations of the local legal aid providers that normally step in to help.” Zoe Tillman can be contacted at [email protected].

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.