President Donald Trump’s proposed budget will reduce federal funding for civil legal aid from $375 million to zero, eliminating the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).
Oregon lawyers do not want our legal aid programs to be eliminated. We won't stand still and wait to see what happens to funding on the national level, because justice for all is a core value for Oregon lawyers. We will act now to protect legal aid. We will continue a sustained focus on a fair and accessible legal system, where our neighbors can know their rights, and have a lawyer at their side to protect them.
Stop this disaster before it starts. Join us in telling Congress that zero federal funding for civil legal aid is not an option that Oregon lawyers are willing to accept. Here are immediate, concrete actions you can take:
What would it look like to lose federal funding?
Here is the current breakdown of legal aid's 80 different funding sources. Two of those, LSC (Federal) funding, and a portion of other funding (grant money from the Violence Against Women Act, for one) would be eliminated.|
In gutting civil legal aid, members of Congress would be turning their backs on their own constituents and causing unnecessary suffering. The services legal aid provides to clients are essential.
||Funding for LSC amounts to a miniscule slice of the federal budget – roughly one-hundredth of one percent (.000001%). Washington would be delivering a devastating blow to Oregon and American families without any meaningful impact on the national budget.|
||In international terms, only 12 of 113 nations rank below the USA on the accessibility and affordability of civil justice in the World Justice Project's rule of law index. America currently ranks between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe (with Zimbabwe performing a little better). Based on the proposed budget, the US would drop to last place alongside Cambodia.|