Civil Legal Aid is in Danger – Be a Legal Aid Defender

12 April 2017 , Posted in: Our Work

The Trump Administration proposes to eliminate the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and zero out federal funding for civil legal aid.

The following editorial ran recently in the Portland Press Herald and Kennebec Journal, reiterating the huge economic impact of legal aid in Maine.

If this draconian cut is implemented, Pine Tree Legal Assistance no longer will be able to come to the rescue of thousands of Mainers who cannot afford the legal help they need when faced with a life-changing situation. They won’t be able to help veterans denied rightfully earned benefits, women trapped in abusive relationships, parents seeking custody of their children, and families facing wrongful evictions for foreclosures. They no longer will be able to provide basic legal aid services in many rural areas of Maine.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance now receives $1.4 million in LSC funds. This investment of $1 per Mainer per year, results in tens of millions of dollars in positive economic impact for the State. Moreover, this funding supports fairness and justice for all.

Be a Legal Aid Defender. Go to: for details on how you can help save legal aid for the poor:

  • You will be asked to create a short message for your Members of Congress and submit your contact information to create a Legal Aid Defender card.
  • The American Bar Association (ABA) will print and hand-deliver your card to your House Member and two Senators.
  • The cards will be delivered by state delegations during ABA Day in Washington (April 25-27).

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