Trump Budget Eliminates LSC, Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The White House today released its first full budget proposal, maintaining overall spending levels, but cutting many domestic programs that provide legal and social services. In response to the budget, which proposes elimination of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), American Bar Association President Linda Klein said the cuts would “severely undermine the fairness of the legal system and deny access to justice for some of society’s most vulnerable individuals.” The budget also proposes to eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which Klein said means fewer law school graduates will be “able to dedicate their lives to public service as prosecutors, public defenders, legal aid lawyers and other justice related fields, especially in underserved rural areas.” Lawyers and legal groups across the country are speaking out against the cuts. The Knoxville Bar Association is among the most recent, adopting a resolution last week.

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