President Donald Trump has appointed Lafayette attorney Frank Neuner to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation. The LSC is the nation’s single largest provider of legal assistance grants for low-income Americans.
U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) welcomed the news, praising Neuner's extensive work helping low-income individuals in Louisiana gain access to legal services.
"(This) makes him an excellent choice for this position,” said Cassidy. “His service to his community is driven by his belief that without access to competent legal assistance and protection, those in need will never grow to trust our justice system. I look forward to voting for his confirmation.”
Kennedy pointed to Neuner's long legal career as a benchmark for his success, as well as his dedication to the cause.
“Frank is an experienced attorney and a managing partner in a successful law firm," Kennedy said. "Throughout his career, he has held firm to the belief that those in need deserve legal assistance regardless of their financial circumstances."
Neuner received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Louisiana State University and now is the managing partner of Neuner, Pate in Lafayette.
Neuner served as chair of the Louisiana Public Defender Board from 2008 to 2013. During that time, he led the effort to create legislation to increase access to defense council for low-income individuals.