In 2004, LA CAN established a weekly legal clinic in partnership with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) in response to tenant rights violations, illegal evictions, and other growing displacement pressures. The clinic is staffed by LAFLA attorneys, UCLA law students and trained LA CAN members (with ongoing cross-training between Legal Aid and LA CAN).
The clinic represents LA CAN’s community lawyering model. Community lawyering = residents, organizers and lawyers working together as peers to address community problems identified by low-income community members.
We have a strong commitment to holistic legal assistance for houseless and low-income residents. Our legal clinic promotes equal access to the justice system through advocacy, self-help services, community education, legal counseling and representation. We provide free, high-quality civil legal services to society’s most vulnerable members, whose human rights and basic needs are jeopardized and for whom significant barriers to justice exist.
Through a combination of individual representation, high impact litigation and public policy advocacy, our legal clinic aims to combat the immediate and long-lasting effects of poverty and expands access to health, opportunity, and justice.