NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 15, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Reagan administration's efforts to eliminate budget for Legal Services program and program's impact on the poor examined. [American Bar Association president William Reece SMITH, Conservative Caucus national director Howard PHILLIPS - state differing opinions of Legal Services.] Program's function said illustrated by Walter and Ernestine Hughes, Mildred Williams and others. Details given. [HUGHES, WILLIAMS - note importance of Legal Services to them.] Criticism of legal aid attys. bringing class action suits or lobbying for causes examined; various issues dealt with by agency in the past listed on screen, discussed. [PHILLIPS continues his opposition to Legal Services.] Chgs. of conservatives with regard to legal aid being "leftist" outlined. [Legal Services Corporation president Dan BRADLEY - praises agency.] ABA's support for program noted. [SMITH - comments.] President Reagan's history of opposition to Legal Aid when governor of California recalled; Reagan quoted on screen. [OMB director David STOCKMAN - calls for government control of social programs.] Prognosis for program's future considered. [HUGHES - points out that there's nothing to take agency's place.]
REPORTER: Chris Wallace