Political Efforts to Curtail OEO Legal Services

In spite of, or because of, the success of its grantees, the OEO Legal Services Program had its share of detractors and was enmeshed in many controversies. One of OEO Legal Services’ most sustained and dangerous battles was with then Governor of California Ronald Reagan who was, throughout his days in public office, an avowed opponent of federally funded legal services to the poor.