The Community Activism Law Alliance (CALA) is changing legal aid.
We are changing how lawyers and communities work together. Our model, "community activism lawyering," unites lawyers and activists to help underserved communities access justice and pursue social change. We create community activism-law programs for, by, with, and within our partner communities.
When Eric was arrested on a felony drug charge he was told that if he couldn’t afford an attorney, one would be provided for him. Unfortunately, that promise was left unfulfilled.
Maricela’s green card was all but secured. She came to the United States using a tourist visa more than 30 years ago. Through her relatives in the U.S., she had filed an application to become a legal permanent resident. Unfortunately, Maricela’s application got lost in the system, and she never got her green card.
Sam was stunned when she received notification that her ex-boyfriend had filed an order of protection against her. They had broken up about 6 months earlier after he was physically aggressive and pressured her into non-consensual sexual acts.
CALA and other immigrant and civil rights organizations across Illinois have submitted a request to the Honorable Lloyd Karmeier, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, to protect families from immigration activities at Illinois courthouses.
CALA is looking for an attorney with genuine interest in community lawyering, connecting the law with grassroots activism, and being part of a new legal services model to be a part of our early development.
The Community Activism Law Alliance (CALA) has created two special initiatives: the CALA Immigration Helpline and Know Your Rights Community Workshops. Both campaigns provide completely free support to immigrant communities—particularly those who are not eligible for federally-funded programs—and organizations serving immigrants that do not have access to an attorney.