Ways of providing services at the CLC for low income persons with legal needs:
Information & Referral– I & R gets people to the right place when it obviously isn’t us. Ex. To Legal Aid if they should be receiving completely free services, or to TBA's Lawyer Referral Service if they are capable of paying the market rate for an attorney, or to another specific agency that makes sense for what they need that doesn’t necessarily require the services of an attorney at all. Helping people get to the right place faster not only serves them best, but also allows more people to receive services from CLC when it is the right organization to help and is the only place where they can get help.
Self Services—Includes our Pro Se Assistance Center (aka Education & Technology Center) being put together at our downtown site. The Center is already open by appointment only and provides access to basic equipment such as (computers, scanners, copiers, etc.) to allow persons to help themselves; although there will also be volunteers as needed to more easily access and benefit from these resources. (When a person represents themselves in court, it is called "pro se," and more and more people have to do this, so the CLC is building a range of services designed to support those representing themselves pro se.) We are currently working to raise funds to integrate fax and phone options, and also using legally trained volunteers to create basic forms and educational materials. We are also accepting donations of legal books and other resources. We recently added a new electronic legal research function thanks to CaseText. *There is an hourly fee to use the center, which we use to defray the costs of replacing toner cartridges, paper & supplies, and other technology costs not covered by donors. The goal will ultimately be to make the center self-sufficient.
Limited Representation--Where attorneys agree to take on a case and represent the client, but only for a portion of a case or for a specific set of tasks. This is sometimes known as limited scope representation.
Community Engagement Opportunities (CEOs)– Group information sessions, community roundtables, non-legal collaborations, etc.
See the "Service Locations & Date" sub page, under the main "Services" page, in order to find out when we are scheduled to have clinics, CEOs, and other opportunities. You may also want to check out our "Events" tab for other interesting worship, fellowship, and fundraising activities; as well as times where we are speaking publicly about the CLC or promoting our partners.