Maryland Legal Aid Chief Counsel Shawn Boehringer was a guest on today’s Midday talk radio show, hosted by Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodricks on WYPR-FM. The topic was proposed funding cuts to the Legal Services Corporation now pending in Congress.
“We’re seeing triple the number of unemployment cases in most of our offices,” said Boehringer when asked if the number of clients coming to Legal Aid is up. “The proposed cut to LSC would reduce our funding by $774,000, which would pay the salaries of 12 attorneys. And the cut would come at a time when we’ve lost local funding–Baltimore City was $250,000 a year and it’s proposing cutting to zero. And we’ve lost significant amounts in Anne Arundel and Harford counties.”