Community Legal Aid and its subsidiary Central West Justice Center employ over 60 full-time advocates (attorneys and paralegals) to assist clients with their legal issues. Staff work out of four offices located in Northampton, Pittsfield, Springfield and Worcester. CLA also operates a number of satellite offices, located in Fitchburg, Greenfield, Holyoke, Milford, North Adams and Southbridge, to provide additional access to clients. As a not-for-profit law firm specializing in poverty law, CLA is governed by a board of directors comprised of attorneys, civic leaders and ex-clients of CLA.
How we are funded
CLA receives generous annual support from the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, which distributes legislative appropriations in addition to revenue from Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA). We receive support from numerous foundations and charitable organizations, including the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, several United Ways, and private and family foundations. CLA also receives grants from municipal, state and federal government agencies. In addition, CLA relies on contributions from individual donors to support its work.
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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