OUR COMMUNITY LAW PROGRAMS
CALA currently operates fifteen "community activism-law programs" to meet the needs of underserved people and communities:
- 8 Community Law Offices
- 4 Community Partnerships
- 3 Workshop Programs
- 1 Immigration Helpline
- 1 Activism Support Program
Community Law Offices
Each office is operated 100% collaboratively with and in the spaces of our community activist partners. Review the information for each clinic below.
With, for, and in the communities which really need our help...
CALA provides free legal services for eligible members of our partner organizations based upon their specific needs. Please contact CALA’s partners for more information.
Cala's Community Partnerships map
The Chicago Bar Foundation offers a comprehensive guide for finding legal assistance in the Chicago area. You can access the guide online:http://chicagobarfoundation.org/PDF/pro-bono/find-legal-help/legal-aid-guide.pdf
Illinois Legal Aid Online offers free information on hundreds of legal topics, guided self-help forms, and referrals to other sources of legal assistance. Visit them at IllinoisLegalAid.org and AyudaLegalIL.org.
CARPLS (Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services) offers free/low cost telephone advice, referrals, and court-based help-desk services for Cook County residents. You can reach CARPLS by calling its hotline number, 312.738.9200 or visiting carpls.org.
State of Illinois Domestic Violence 24-hour Help Line. Call 877.863.6338 or visit this site.
If you live outside of Cook County, you can contact the following organizations, you should contact:
If you live outside of Illinois, The American Bar Association offers a Consumers' Guide to Legal Help for information about every state.