Opposition from the leadership of several law firms in Clark County and across the nation is growing against President Donald Trump’s budget proposal calling for the elimination of funding for Legal Services Corp. – an entity that helps some of the poorest individuals in the country with various legal issues.

On March 9, heads of more than 150 law firms sent a letter to Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget - an office within the Executive Office of the President that assists in the creating the presidential budget—urging him to not support the defunding of Legal Services Corp.

Bill Curran, chairman of the board of Nevada Legal Services Inc., said the entity would lose 52 percent of its funding, likely leading the agency to closing its doors statewide.

Curran, who is also senior counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP, which is one of the firms that signed the letter to the OMB, said that Nevada Legal Services employees 16 people statewide.

There were 356 volunteer private attorneys who donated their time in 2016 across Nevada, he added.

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