Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services re-brand to become Community Legal Aid SoCal
SANTA ANA, CALIF. (Feb. 1, 2019) – Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services (LASOC-CLS) today debuts its new name: Community Legal Aid SoCal.
The non-profit Legal Aid Society of Orange County has provided free legal advice, counseling and representation to low-income individuals and seniors in Orange County since 1958. In 1984, it expanded to serve the people of southeast Los Angeles County under the name “Community Legal Services.”
“We’re thrilled to bring together our team under one name – by borrowing the best from both,” says Kate Marr, executive director of Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal). “Our new tagline, “Advocates for Justice in Orange and Los Angeles Counties”, reflects our staff’s and board’s deeply held belief that Legal Aid is critical to helping people in need access the justice system. Together we use the law to tackle some of our region’s toughest problems, including domestic violence and eviction. Community Legal Aid is there for our neighbors when justice might otherwise seem unreachable.”
Along with the rebrand, Community Legal Aid SoCal launches its new website today: www.communitylegalsocal.org. The newly designed site makes it easier for members of the public to better navigate the site. Once there, they can discover what free services are offered by CLA SoCal, find information about how to handle civil legal matters on their own, and access the organization’s free Online Dispute Resolution system for small claims. Later this year, clients will be able to apply for CLA SoCal assistance via the website. Until then, people in Los Angeles County and Orange County can call CLA SoCal’s Hotline at (800-834-5001).
Community Legal Aid SoCal will continue to serve clients out of their Anaheim, Compton, Norwalk and Santa Ana offices, as well as the Self-Help Center at the Compton Superior Courthouse. Office hours will remain the same. Members of the public should check the website to find dates and locations for CLA SoCal’s free court-based workshops, including eviction and consumer debt; they can also find out about free clinics in a community near them, and then call the Hotline to apply.
“We are at the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the evolution of our program,” said Marr. “We ask that you join us as we rededicate ourselves to the mission of helping our neighbors fight injustice by providing compassionate, high-quality legal aid, and advocating for stronger communities.”
About Community Legal Aid SoCal
CLA SoCal helps our neighbors fight injustice by providing compassionate, high-quality legal aid, and advocating for stronger communities. CLA SoCal currently provides services to more than 30,000 community members annually.
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