Community Legal Aid, Inc. (CLA) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We provide free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. We are committed to accountability and transparency in the work we do to carry out our mission. We strive to make as much information available to the public as possible so that you may be assured that your contributions to CLA are being used wisely and effectively.
Benefits of Legal Aid to the Commonwealth
Legal aid benefits both clients and their communities by saving everyone money. In 2013, legal aid services generated an estimated $28 million in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through new federal revenue, other benefits and cost savings.
“Most Americans don’t realize that you can have your home taken away, your children taken away and you can be a victim of domestic violence but you have no constitutional right to a lawyer to protect you.”
Jim Sandman, President,
Legal Services Corporation