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Legal Services Corporation v. Velazquez

By Burt Neuborne & David S. Udell

In Legal Services Corporation v. Velazquez the U.S. Supreme Court held that Congress violated the First Amendment and the separation-of-powers doctrine when it barred from challenging welfare reform laws the LSC-funded lawyers representing individual clients seeking benefits. The implications of this decision for subsidized speech generally and for that of lawyers for the poor specifically are promising.

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