President Reagan and the Legal Services Corporation
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Turner, Angela F.
INTRODUCTION|Last spring, President Reagan recommended to Congress that it not reauthorize the Legal Services Corporation. In its place he proposed that funding for legal services be consolidated with funding for other social programs, enabling the states to fund legal services as they saw fit. This proposal stimulated discussion on the advisability of discontinuing the Corporation. This article will explore President Reagan's past and present policies toward legal services. First, the history of federally funded legal services and political interference that occurred during the early years will be reviewed. Second, President Reagan's past experience with legal services as governor of California will be reviewed as a prelude to his recommendation. Third, President Reagan's current proposals for legal services and Congress' response to those proposals will be discussed. Finally, the rationale behind the Reagan proposal and the feasibility of local control will be analyzed...
15 Creighton L. Rev. 711 (1981-1982)
Creighton University School of Law