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NCBP BAR PRESIDENT, April 5, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Special Edition – Bars Fight Back on the Threat of
Legal Services Corporation Funding  Elimination

On Thursday, March 16, President Trump revealed his proposed budget, which eliminates funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). Funding for the LSC only accounts for 1/10,000th of the total federal budget, yet provides legal aid for 1.9 million individuals and their families. This special edition of NCBP BAR PRESIDENT is dedicated to the actions the ABA, state bars and local bars have taken to discourage Congress from de-funding LSC. Read ABA President Linda Klein’s remarks on the issue.  

How Can You Help?...To fight the elimination of the Legal Services Corporation funding, the ABA invites you to become a Legal Aid Defender, providing you the opportunity to have your voice heard by Congress, even if you can’t go to Washington, DC. There are other ways to help, and more resources, on the ABA’s HelpLegalAid.org website. If you're headed to Washington, DC for ABA Day, April 25-27, 2017, be sure to take this message with you!


  State and Local Bars Speak Out...The ABA isn’t the only one responding to the threat of de-funding the Legal Services Corporation. Bar associations from Allegheny County to Tennessee have made statements on the importance of LSC funded organizations in their area, and urging the president to change his mind, or for Congress not to follow the president’s plan. Read all state and local bar responses on the ABA Division for Bar Services LSC Funding Resource Page. If your bar has taken action, let us know


Media responds to LSC Eliminiation...In addition to national, state and local bars’ voices against the elimination of the Legal Services Corporation funding, media outlets across the country have weighed in on this proposal. The media also has showcased LSC organizations aiding ordinary citizens seeking justice. Read the Voices for Civil Justice stories here.

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