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December 20, 2019

Statement of ABA President Judy Perry Martinez Re: Increased funding for Legal Services Corporation

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2019 – The American Bar Association applauds Congress for increasing funding to the Legal Services Corporation. In the budget bill approved this week, the House and Senate agreed to $440 million for LSC in 2020 – a $25 million increase over current funding of $415 million. It is the largest appropriation in LSC’s history.

LSC provides vital support for 852 legal aid offices across the country, serving every congressional district. These offices helped more than 1.8 million people in the United States last year, including survivors of domestic abuse, victims of natural disasters, families being unfairly evicted from their homes and veterans who need help.

LSC works to ensure equal justice under law for all. That’s why support for LSC is bipartisan. The ABA is pleased that, with this funding, the Legal Services Corporation will continue its critical work helping low-income Americans in every community across the nation.