TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Apr 17, 2017

Lawyers and legal groups across the country are speaking out against the Trump administration's plan to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).

Learn more about the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and the American Bar Association's (ABA) support for LSC funding

Support efforts for LSC include: 



  • TBA President issued a statement in support of LSC funding: “Tennessee lawyers know how vital legal aid programs are to the fabric of our community,” Long said. “We will mobilize our resources and, most importantly, the voices of our members to maintain and indeed expand LSC funding." TBA President Jason Long devoted his President's Perspective column in the May 2017 Tennessee Bar Journal to support for LSC funding. 
  • The Tennessee Bar Association is mobilizing to save legal aid services by encouraging Tennessee representatives in Congress and the White House to restore LSC funding. Learn more about the threat to LSC and show your support for vital legal aid programs via TBAImpact.
  • The Memphis Bar Association (MBA) sent a letter to Tennessee’s elected officials in Washington, urging that the federal government continue to provide “robust funding” for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).



  • National advocacy groups including The Shriver CenterPro Bono Institute and National Legal Aid & Defender Association have joined in efforts to mobilize support for LSC. The Shriver Center notes historic bipartisan support for LSC, and its role as a “barometer for our country’s commitment to supporting basic fairness and access to equal opportunity for everyone, regardless of one’s income.”
  • The heads of more than 150 U.S. law firms, including several of the largest firms in the world, have written a letter to the Trump administration expressing concern regarding a reported proposal to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corp.