In Sonoma County, residents are bracing themselves for a decline in services for housing, health care, elderly care, and legal aid.
Proposals for huge cuts to US civil legal aid are condemned by Legal Services Corporation chair John Levi and former chair Frank Strickland.
The American Bar Association takes a stand in support of legal aid and the Legal Services Corporation.
Legal aid organizations across California are bracing for what could be a devastating financial blow following the release of the Trump administration’s draft budget last week.
We join with legal service organizations throughout California in calling on the state to provide $30 million to reach the national average in civil legal aid funding. President Trump’s budget threatens to eliminate all federal aid provided through the Legal Services Corporation. That leaves the state’s Equal Access Fund to help bridge this growing gap. Established in 1999, the fund receives just $10 million a year, a number that has only been boosted once – a $5 million increase that many of us fought hard for in this year’s state budget.
Law firms across the country are rallying behind legal aid as the federal administration’s intentions to cut LSC funding become more clear. Despite only taking up a fraction of the national budget, it appears the White House wants to scrap federal legal aid funding, claiming that legal services are best supported through state and local grants. […]
LAAC Executive Director Salena Copeland, along with multiple LAAC members, were featured in the California Bar Journal this month to discuss funding for legal aid and express their concerns over proposed cuts to legal aid at the federal level.