New York State Bar Association President Vincent E. Doyle today urged the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to reject attempts to slash funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which provides vital legal services to thousands of low-income Americans.

"Economic hard times put added strain on low-income families, especially when they face serious civil legal matters, such as eviction, denial of veterans or disability benefits, child custody and orders of protection. This is the wrong time to deny legal assistance to those in need," said Doyle of Buffalo (Connors & Vilardo).

On Thursday, a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee voted to provide $328 million in the 2013 fiscal year. That is 18 percent less than the $402 million recommended by President Obama and approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The LSC current budget is $348 million.

The Legal Services Corporation provides grants to local providers of civil legal services across the nation, including $23 million for New York agencies during the current fiscal year, down $4 million (17 percent) from the previous year.

The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation.  It was founded in 1876.


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