Colorado Bar opposes federal cuts to legal aid

The Colorado Bar Association is opposed to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives that cuts $70 million in funding for the Legal Services Corp.

The cut, which will be absorbed in the next eight months, will have an impact on Colorado Legal Services, the statewide legal aid program.

The LSC anticipates it will have to reduce grants to 136 local legal aid nonprofits by an average of 18 percent.

Colorado Legal Services receives more than $4.2 million from LSC to provide legal services to low-income and elderly Coloradans who are facing serious civil legal problems. Last year, the organization provided assistance to nearly 11,000 people.

Coloraod Legal Services provides advice and assistance for family matters, consumer issues, housing and veterans benefits.

A reduction in LSC funding is also expected to have an effect on pro bono work from the private sector, that rely on Colorado Legal Services to coordinate their pro bono work.

The Colorado Bar Association has sent a letter to Congress, asking them to protect funding for the Legal Services Corp.