More Than 150 Law Firm Leaders Urge Govt to Continue Funding of Legal Services
Thursday, March 09, 2017
- Organization: The American Lawyer
"Leaders of more than 150 U.S. law firms with offices in all 50 states sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget Thursday, urging it to continue funding the Legal Services Corp.
President Donald Trump's proposed budget has reportedly put funding for the bipartisan nonprofit on the chopping block. "The pro bono activity facilitated by LSC funding is exactly the kind of public-private partnership the government should encourage, not eliminate," the law firm leaders wrote.
In the letter, which is addressed to OMB, director John Michael Mulvaney, the law firm chairs and managing partners said that lawyers in their firms provide millions of hours of free pro bono service "to individuals in desperate need of assistance," noting that they do this by working closely with independent legal aid agencies around the country that are funded by the LSC...."