President Donald Trump has announced his intent to nominate Matthew D. Keenan, the former chair of Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s pro bono committee, to the board of directors of the Legal Services Corporation.
Keenan, a partner in the firm’s Kansas City office whose practice includes pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, would serve as a member of LSC’s board of directors for the remainder of a three-year term that expires July 13, 2020.
LSC is an independent, non-profit corporation established by Congress to provide funding for civil legal aid to low-income Americans.
President Trump has attempted to cut the organization’s funding several times, most recently in his proposed budget for fiscal year 2020. However, he’s run into strong opposition from the legal community and lawmakers.
There are 11 members of the LSC board of directors who are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The current chair, John G. Levi, was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009 and confirmed by the Senate in 2010. Levi is a partner at Sidley Austin.
By law, the board is bipartisan: no more than six members may be of the same political party.
According to LCS’s website, there are currently only nine board members.
Keenan, whose clients have included Boston Scientific Corporation, also serves on the board of Legal Aid of Western Missouri.