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Community Legal Center

The CLC has helped thousands of Memphians with civil cases, including family law matters, landlord-tenant disputes, consumer law cases, estate and probate issues, elder law, and immigration. In 2009 alone, the CLC fielded more than 5,000 calls, met with 143 clients at bi-monthly clinics, and formally represented 400 Memphians with legal problems.

The CLC does not handle criminal matters, bankruptcy, worker's compensation, personal injury cases or any other matters that generate attorneys' fees.

The Community Legal Center maintains a list of more than 300 local attorneys who have volunteered to take pro bono cases.

Register to volunteer online:

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Shelby
  • Area of law: Family & Juvenile, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, Life Planning, Commercial contract disputes (including buying used cars), Conservatorships and guardianships, Garnishments, Asylum
  • Populations Served: Asylum Seekers, Elderly, General Public, Immigrants, Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: No
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • CLE pro bono comments: Earning free CLE credit at the rate of 1 hour of ethics credit for each 8 hours spent on pro bono matters referred by CLC
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Legal Research, Litigation: Support (e.g., discovery), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation, Transactional work
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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