Case Detail

Legal Aid Society of Hawaii v. Legal Services Corp.
On November 13, 1997, WLF filed a brief with the court of appeals urging it to affirm the district court decision upholding the validity of the restrictions on the Legal Services Corporation. WLF argued that when Congress restricted federal legal services funds from being used for class action lawsuits, electoral redistricting suits, and litigation on behalf of drug dealers and illegal aliens, Congress was well within its authority and these restrictions did not violate the First or Fifth Amendments to the Constitution. WLF argued that the regulations imposed by the Legal Services Corporation to implement these restrictions likewise passed constitutional muster. WLF argued in its brief that the Constitution does not compel Congress to fund legal services programs at all, and that Congress's decision to fund some types of legal services but not others does not infringe upon the exercise of the plaintiffs' constitutional rights.
Case Status:
Victory; certiorari denied.
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