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Potential Impact of Vote by House Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Subcommittees to Cut Legal Services Funding by $104 Million

Friday, July 29, 2011

  • Stephen N. Zack
  • American Bar Association
  • Source: California > SoCal Pro Bono Center

Here is an important question to ask in the wake of today’s vote: the next time a major natural disaster strikes, where should its victims turn for legal assistance in putting their lives back together? Because today’s cuts will decimate the operations of the local legal aid providers that normally step in to help.

Over the past few months, parts of our country have been devastated by tornadoes, wildfires and floods. And across the country, the tough economy is flooding legal aid offices with new clients facing serious legal problems for which they cannot afford to hire a lawyer to handle. From help with property deeds to child support issues to veteran’s benefits, legal services’ lawyers deliver for those in need.

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