March 11, 2011
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION URGES CONGRESS TO PROTECT LEGAL SERVICES FOR THE POOR
House earlier voted to slash Legal Services Corporation budget by $70 million
ALBANY--New York State Bar Association President Stephen
P. Younger today called on Congress to reject spending cuts for the
Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which provides critical legal services
to low-income Americans.
“The Legal Services Corporation assists thousands of low-income Americans by providing them with lawyers in serious civil matters, including child custody, orders of protection, apartment evictions and home foreclosures. Cutting LSC funding is a cruel blow to people who are already in crisis,” said Younger (Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler). “If our neighbors lose custody of a child, become victims of domestic violence or become homeless – all for lack of a lawyer – the cost to our government will be far greater than the cost of providing legal services.”
The House’s February proposal would result in a loss of more
than $5 million to organizations providing legal services to low-income
New Yorkers. “Since the cuts would come mid-year, the true impact
is equivalent to a $10 million cut over six months,” Younger
The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.