Legal Aid Advocate McCalpin Dies

A former chairman of the Legal Services Corp. who was a vocal advocate for its mission has died.

F. William McCalpin died Dec. 9 at his St. Louis home from complications from a fall, the New York Times reports. He was 88.

McCalpin chaired the LSC from 1979 to 1981 and was a board member from 1993 to 2003. A Republican, he nonetheless clashed with President Reagan over attempts to abolish the program. He was also active in the ABA.

According to ABA President Carolyn Lamm, McCalpin “was one of the early leaders of the bar in the evolution of the movement, and acted with great principle in championing the rights of poor people.”

McCalpin chaired three ABA entities, the story says: the Committee on the Availability of Legal Services, the Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, and the Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly.

Misspelled name in headline corrected at 7:35 a.m.

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