May 17, 2017

ABA president submits testimony supporting LSC funding to U.S. Senate subcommittee

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2017 — American Bar Association President Linda A. Klein submitted testimony to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies recommending funding Legal Services Corporation at $450 million.

The testimony emphasizes the federal role in justice for all, recommends against placing an unfunded mandate for legal services on states and localities and notes that Legal Services Corporation helps fund offices that serve every congressional district. Dozens of statewide cost-benefit analyses have shown that for every dollar invested in Legal Services Corporation, citizens have received immediate and long-term benefits worth many times more. They serve veterans, older Americans, people in rural areas, domestic violence survivors and natural disaster victims.

The ABA strongly believes in equal access to justice but other groups have also sent letters to congressional leaders expressing concerns about cuts to Legal Services Corporation, including the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for children and adults with disabilities.

Read Linda Klein’s testimony here. Read the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities letter here.

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