Legislation & Lobbying

ABA President Opposes Congressional Committee Plan to 'Eliminate' Legal Services Corp. Budget

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Republican Study Committee’s plan to “eliminate the Legal Services Corporation” in the nation’s fiscal year 2013 budget is “remarkably shortsighted,” says ABA President William T. (Bill) Robinson III in a written statement on Wednesday, citing help that the LSC provides annually in nearly 1 million cases including veterans claims, child custody matters and foreclosures.

“We cannot afford to make our courts even less accessible to the public,” Robinson writes. “Rather than eliminating LSC, Congress should increase its investment in access to justice by appropriating $402 million for FY 2013.”

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