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News Posted on March 29, 2017

Dean Johnson Publishes Op-ed in Sacramento Bee on Legal Services Corporation Funding

Dean Kevin R. Johnson published an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee on President Trump’s proposed budget, which calls for elimination of funding for the Legal Services Corporation, the nation’s single largest funder of civil legal aid to low-income people.  “The proposed cut would hurt the poor, rural voters who helped elect [Trump],” Johnson writes.

Dean Johnson’s article outlines the 40-year history of LSC, noting the important role it has played in the justice system and the bipartisan support it has enjoyed, as well as his personal commitment to the organization.

“I am proud to have served for many years as president of the board of directors of Legal Services of Northern California, which helps poor and working people from south of Sacramento to California’s northern border,” writes Johnson. “In most of the region, Legal Services of Northern California is the only legal voice for poor and vulnerable populations. It protects the rights of thousands of people every year. Tens of thousands more in these rural areas benefit from Legal Services of Northern California’s community education materials, informational sessions, and legal clinics.”

“Trump wants to change the nation as we know it. In the campaign, he promised to be the voice for the voiceless. Legal aid organizations across the country, especially in the nation’s rural expanses funded for decades by the Legal Services Corporations, provide the critical voice for the poorest and most vulnerable of our neighbors.”

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.