KENNEDY AT WHITE HOUSE: LEGAL AID FUNDING KEY TO BROADER JUSTICE REFORM
Washington, D.C. – Citing dramatic cuts in funding for civil legal aid programs across the country, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today spoke at the White House and called for increased funding for civil legal aid programs as part of the debate on criminal justice reform. At a forum focused on increasing access to justice, the Congressman addressed a crowd that included White House and administration officials, state supreme court justices, civil legal aid advocates and business leaders from Fortune 500 companies.
“Our justice system – both civil and criminal – is our nation’s ultimate equalizer where money and power should hold no influence,” said Congressman Kennedy. “But for our most vulnerable citizens, lack of access to civil legal aid has denied true access to the laws intended to guarantee them justice. That’s why it’s time to reverse the trend of dangerous cuts to legal aid programs and make good on the promise of equal justice under the law.”
A legal aid volunteer in Boston’s housing court during law school, Congressman Kennedy recently launched the bipartisan Congressional Access to Civil Legal Services Caucus with Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN5). For more on Congressman Kennedy’s work on access to justice, click here.