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LEGAL SERVICE ADVOCATES TO PROVIDE FREE LEGAL ADVICE CLINICS ACROSS ... - CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS

Gallery: Advocates organize 'equal access' clinics for indigent clients statewide +3 more photos Related Article Many Trump voters would feel program cuts in budget proposal Read more Advocates for equal justice vowed to step up services Tuesday in Chattanooga as President Donald Trump's proposed budget threatens to cut federal programs for low-income people. Legal Services of East Tennessee has 28 attorneys stretched across 26 counties to provide representation for people who can't afford to fight landlords, consumer scams, abusive relationships or wrongful foreclosures in civil courts. "In civil cases, you are not entitled to a lawyer except in very rare situations," Executive Director Sheri Fox said Tuesday. "It's not a political issue; it's a fairness and justice issue. Your right to access the courts shouldn't depend on money." Released earlier this month, Trump's budget would abolish the Legal Services Corp., a federal program created in 1974 that funds several civil aid programs in cities nationwide. About 49 percent of Legal Services of East Tennessee's budget comes from that program, Fox said. "If half of our budget is gone, that leaves us without the ability to help even more folks," Fox said. "In other words, more people will be wrongfully evicted ...

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