March 16, 2017: NYS Bar Association: Elimination of LSC Funding Would Deny Access to Justice to Low-Income New Yorkers

The New York State Bar Association decries President Trump's budget proposal to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corporation.

"It would devastate the ability of many New Yorkers to obtain essential legal services in such life-altering cases as evictions from housing and obtaining protection from domestic violence. We must continue to protect our most vulnerable citizens," said State Bar President Claire P. Gutekunst.

"The State Bar Association has long advocated for increased funding for LSC and we will vigorously oppose this proposal," she said.

The 72,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.

Contact: Lise Bang-Jensen
Director of Media Services
lbang-jensen@nysba.org
518/487-55310

2017