We Support LSC

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LSIC stands united with countless other organizations and individuals, including major law firmsthe American Bar Association (ABA) and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association in strongly opposing any cut to Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funding proposed by the Office of Management and Budget.

LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation. The group’s president is Jim Sandman, a former LSIC Celebration of Service honoree and advisory board member. Sandman asserts that the vast majority of low-income people in the U.S. have legal civil needs every year. They range from housing problems, such as wrongful evictions or substandard living conditions, to family disputes over child support and child custody to consumer scams. People also need help filing insurance claims after natural disasters or applying for federal lifeline benefits

The proposal would further clog courts with individuals who would be forced to represent themselves without the assistance of an attorney, and deny equal access to justice for millions of people in our country.

According to the ABA, LSC has had bipartisan support in Congress since its inception in 1974 because it embodies the principles that for two centuries have defined us as Americans – fairness and equal access to justice. It is cost-effective, beneficial to millions of Americans and the right thing to do for our country.

Notes Martha Bergmark of Voices for Civil Justice, “It’s just a devastating prospect to think that after such a long history of bipartisan support and commitment, that we would be at this stage.”

More than 150 law firms across the country sent a letter to White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, urging him not to propose the elimination of federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation. See the letter here.

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