Defend the Rights of the Poor
legal aid, Legal Services Corporation, Christian legal services
In April of 1996, Congress approved severe reductions in the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funding of legal services for the poor and crippling restrictions on the types of advocacy available through federally supported legal aid programs. As a result, the line of legal aid lawyers representing the poor has been stretched perilously thin. Under this new legislation, the poor will suffer a significant reduction in the legal services available to them. How should the church respond to this legislation? The author examines principles from Scripture, and concludes by proposing a system of Christian legal services.
Gordon J. Beggs, Defend the Rights of the Poor, 37 Catholic Lawyer 1 (1996)