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Community Legal Center

Community Legal Center The CLC works daily to ensure access to justice for all, providing affordable civil legal counsel. The immigrants of Memphis and Shelby Co.

The CLC works daily to ensure access to justice for all, providing legal counsel in basic civil matters to those of limited means and those at risk, including populations not served by other legal aid agencies. We’ve been serving the Memphis and Shelby County community for more than 20 years and invite you to learn more about our services.

Since its inception in 1994, the CLC has provided civil legal services to Memphians of modest means. CLC’s civil law program serves Memphis’ “working poor” whose income falls below the living wage level. The Immigrant Justice Program (IJP) serves persons in Memphis Immigration Court’s geographic jurisdiction whose income falls below a living wage. are most in need of legal assistance with their status, including vulnerable unaccompanied minors, victims of domestic violence or persecution, and long-term US residents who find themselves in removal proceedings. The CLC also works extensively with victims of elder abuse, and provides assistance to those seeking to represent themselves in divorce proceedings through its Pro Se Divorce Clinic.

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Our New Year’s resolution is to help more people access the justice that they deserve in 2023!
01/06/2023

Our New Year’s resolution is to help more people access the justice that they deserve in 2023!

Tennessee Lookout's new piece touches on the lack of affordable legal options for TN immigrants and refugees. We appreci...
01/05/2023
In Tennessee, need for immigration legal help far outweighs supply – Tennessee Lookout

Tennessee Lookout's new piece touches on the lack of affordable legal options for TN immigrants and refugees. We appreciate their highlighting this important work, and are proud to serve our clients with the quality representation that they deserve every day at the CLC!

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors help protect immigrants from deportation.

Help us start the new year in a position to serve even more of our low-income Memphis neighbors! 💪Donate now to change l...
01/01/2023

Help us start the new year in a position to serve even more of our low-income Memphis neighbors! 💪

Donate now to change lives: https://clcmemphis.org/donate/

Thanks to your support, we were able to serve more clients than ever before this year! Donate now to help us keep our mo...
12/31/2022

Thanks to your support, we were able to serve more clients than ever before this year!

Donate now to help us keep our momentum heading into 2023: https://clcmemphis.org/donate/

Happy holidays! The Community Legal Center will be closed today (12/26) through New Years Day (1/2) in observance of the...
12/26/2022

Happy holidays! The Community Legal Center will be closed today (12/26) through New Years Day (1/2) in observance of the holiday season. 🎄

We hope you and your loved ones enjoy a week full of kindness and joy! 💙

12/25/2022

Happy holidays from your friends at the CLC!

12/21/2022

We may not be the Brady Bunch, but we're still a bunch of fun here at the CLC! 🏆

What do you get the person who has everything? This holiday season, show your friends, coworkers, and legal colleagues t...
12/16/2022

What do you get the person who has everything? This holiday season, show your friends, coworkers, and legal colleagues that you are grateful for them by giving a gift that makes a difference!

Whether it is a gift in memory of a professional mentor, in honor of your favorite work friend, or to show appreciation to your paralegals and administrative team, give a gift that helps to change lives now: https://clcmemphis.org/donate/

Photos from MSCS En Español's post
12/15/2022

Photos from MSCS En Español's post

We want to celebrate another year of impact with you! 🎉Save the date and prepare to party April 1st, 2023 at the histori...
12/13/2022

We want to celebrate another year of impact with you! 🎉

Save the date and prepare to party April 1st, 2023 at the historic Stax Museum as we host our largest fundraiser of the year. A night full of incredible soul music, delicious food, and top-notch drinks awaits, so go ahead and mark your calendar now!

It has been a busy year here at the CLC! 🎶
12/02/2022

It has been a busy year here at the CLC! 🎶

Yesterday, you helped us make CLC history! We are beyond grateful for your generosity.
11/30/2022

Yesterday, you helped us make CLC history! We are beyond grateful for your generosity.

We are closing in on our  goal! If you have not yet donated, now is the time to give a gift that double yours impact!htt...
11/30/2022

We are closing in on our goal! If you have not yet donated, now is the time to give a gift that double yours impact!
https://clcmemphis.org/donate/

Now, more than ever, access to our affordable legal services is needed, as our hardworking CLC clients are disproportion...
11/29/2022

Now, more than ever, access to our affordable legal services is needed, as our hardworking CLC clients are disproportionately impacted by inflation and a difficult economy!

Will you help us help more Memphians?
https://www.facebook.com/donate/816582462972446/

Donations from supporters like Geoffrey Morris are the reason that we are able to continue offering affordable, sliding-...
11/29/2022

Donations from supporters like Geoffrey Morris are the reason that we are able to continue offering affordable, sliding-scale rates to our clients!

"What are you waiting for??? The CLC is an incredible, and much-needed organization. For only a few dollars you can help to make a difference in someone’s life. It’s the very least we can do!"

Thanks for all that you give to our clients and community, Geoffrey!

Tomorrow is the big day!!! Double your impact by helping us unlock our LARGEST ever match this !
11/28/2022

Tomorrow is the big day!!! Double your impact by helping us unlock our LARGEST ever match this !

Happy Thanksgiving! The Community Legal Center will be closed today and tomorrow in observance of Thanksgiving.We hope y...
11/24/2022

Happy Thanksgiving! The Community Legal Center will be closed today and tomorrow in observance of Thanksgiving.

We hope you and your loved ones enjoy a day full of gratitude! 🦃

We have some big news! This  we have an opportunity to unlock the LARGEST match in CLC history!Help us help others as we...
11/23/2022

We have some big news! This we have an opportunity to unlock the LARGEST match in CLC history!

Help us help others as we seek to raise $10,000 this Giving Tuesday!!!
https://clcmemphis.org/donate/

Aging can be tough. It doesn't need to be made any tougher by unchecked abuse.Our Elder Law team works hard to ensure th...
11/18/2022

Aging can be tough. It doesn't need to be made any tougher by unchecked abuse.

Our Elder Law team works hard to ensure that our clients are safe and protected from all types of physical, financial, and emotional abuse!

 is right around the corner!On , we are asking for your support as we work to ensure that ALL of our Memphis neighbors h...
11/16/2022

is right around the corner!

On , we are asking for your support as we work to ensure that ALL of our Memphis neighbors have access to affordable, high-quality legal representation! Can we count on your support?

We are excited to be with our friends at St. Patrick Catholic Church on Sunday, November 20th for a free estate planning...
11/10/2022

We are excited to be with our friends at St. Patrick Catholic Church on Sunday, November 20th for a free estate planning legal clinic!

Please be sure to spread the news, as this clinic is open to anyone who may be interested in working with our attorneys to discuss and establish an estate plan, will, or power of attorney

Do you have a will, power of attorney, or an estate plan in place for you or your loved ones if such a document were needed? The Community Legal Center , a nonprofit law center, has been awarded a grant to help provide services FREE to parishioners or residents of 38126. No income exclusions and no fees at the November 20th after the 11am Mass. Email Gene at [email protected] if you have questions.

Our clients are hardworking Memphians who are often burdened by unexpected and urgent legal needs.We work to ensure that...
11/09/2022

Our clients are hardworking Memphians who are often burdened by unexpected and urgent legal needs.

We work to ensure that our clients and their families have every opportunity to thrive!

Tonight marks the end of mid-term election season in Shelby County!If you have not yet voted, make sure you visit your a...
11/08/2022

Tonight marks the end of mid-term election season in Shelby County!

If you have not yet voted, make sure you visit your assigned polling location sometime before 7:00pm tonight.

As the CLC works to provide civil legal services to those with limited means, we recognize that our elected leaders play a major role in helping our neighbors seek justice. Use your voice to help strengthen and serve our community!

Our Immigrant Justice Program (IJP) offers affordable legal support to our hardworking immigrant neighbors.Whether it is...
11/07/2022

Our Immigrant Justice Program (IJP) offers affordable legal support to our hardworking immigrant neighbors.

Whether it is protecting immigrant children who have suffered neglect or helping local Afghan and Ukrainian refugees settle into their new home, our wonderful staff works hard to ensure that our IJP clients have the support they need as they navigate a complicated immigration system!

Learn more about IJP here: https://clcmemphis.org/programs/immigrant-justice-program/

Last night was a special night in the Memphis legal community as the Memphis Bar Association's Access to Justice Committ...
11/04/2022

Last night was a special night in the Memphis legal community as the Memphis Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee hosted its annual Pro Bono Awards celebration at Butler Snow!

The CLC's Board Vice President, Danielle Woods, was recognized as the 2022 Melanie R. Yelder Individual Attorney Champion of Justice! In true Danielle fashion, earlier in the evening she also co-led a free CLE titled "How to Do Good When You Don't Have a Clue" with CLC Staff Attorney Kerry Krauch.

In addition to Danielle's recognition and Kerry's presentation, Board Member Danny Schaffzin presented last night's award to the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law student who was being recognized as the 2022 Law Student Champion of Justice awardee.

It is safe to say that the CLC was both very well-represented and proud during last night's Pro Bono Awards ceremony!

If you aren't already subscribed, check out this month's Halloween themed E-Newsletter...if you dare! 🎃
10/31/2022
The CLC celebrates Pro Bono Month!

If you aren't already subscribed, check out this month's Halloween themed E-Newsletter...if you dare! 🎃

As Celebrate Pro Bono month comes to a close, we are excited to spotlight just a few of the people who help to make our work all the more impactful!

As we close out  Month, we are grateful to our wonderful friends at Baker Donelson for all that they do to serve our cli...
10/31/2022

As we close out Month, we are grateful to our wonderful friends at Baker Donelson for all that they do to serve our clients and community!

Having provided approximately 85,000 hours of Pro Bono services firm-wide over the past five years, Baker Donelson's impact on our Memphis community is undeniable!

Baker Donelson serves as an exemplar of a firm that is committed to supporting affordable access to justice as one of the CLC's most generous supporters within the private bar. Thank you, Baker Donelson!

Read more about Baker Donelson's status as a Partner In Justice here: https://clcmemphis.org/about/partners-in-justice/

Today we want to highlight Pro Bono volunteer and board member extraordinaire Ryan Spickard! Since 2017 Ryan has been as...
10/28/2022

Today we want to highlight Pro Bono volunteer and board member extraordinaire Ryan Spickard!

Since 2017 Ryan has been assisting CLC clients on a great variety of cases and now gets to see the fruits of his labor. Regarding his favorite aspect of his Pro Bono work with the CLC, Ryan said, "It has to be having helped clients get guardianships who are now (down the road) getting their green cards, starting college, getting married, and more!"

Ryan is a true advocate for our important work and regularly demonstrates his care for our clients in the way that he thoughtfully, compassionately shares his time and talents with them.

We at the CLC know that our clients, our organization, and our community are all the better for having Ryan Spickard by our side!

Last week staff attorneys Kerry Krauch and Karen Henson led an estate planning clinic for community members at the Ruth ...
10/26/2022

Last week staff attorneys Kerry Krauch and Karen Henson led an estate planning clinic for community members at the Ruth E. Tate Senior Center!

A wonderful group of seniors joined for a robust discussion about wills, power of attorneys, and other crucial aspects of estate planning. Thanks Memphis Parks and Ruth E. Tate for providing such a great space for these important conversations and clinics!

Pro Bono Spotlight: Meredith BrasfieldIn honor of Celebrate Pro Bono month, we would like to recognize the wonderful Mer...
10/19/2022

Pro Bono Spotlight: Meredith Brasfield

In honor of Celebrate Pro Bono month, we would like to recognize the wonderful Meredith Brasfield! In addition to all of the hard work that she does at Weaver & Craig, Meredith has been one of our strongest Pro Bono volunteers over the past few years.

Having worked on numerous, complicated adoption and parental rights cases since she started volunteering with us in 2012, Meredith has been a blessing to many of our clients who have sought adoptions of minor children!

A true advocate for the underserved, Meredith, when asked about her Pro Bono work said, "Many times these types of cases can be more complicated that one would think and in turn, may have additional financial barriers for clients. It has always been important to me to share my skills and time so that clients, and most importantly the children being adopted, are not financially prevented from completing the adoption process."

Thank you for sharing your skills with our clients, Meredith! Our Memphis community is made stronger by passionate supporters of the CLC, like you!

As Memphis experiences its first cold day of fall, we are committed to ensuring that our clients' landlords abide by the...
10/18/2022

As Memphis experiences its first cold day of fall, we are committed to ensuring that our clients' landlords abide by their contractual obligations to provide a reasonably safe and comfortable living environment for their tenants!

This week our team was able to provide free legal clinics regarding wills and estate planning at the wonderful Cornelia ...
10/13/2022

This week our team was able to provide free legal clinics regarding wills and estate planning at the wonderful Cornelia Crenshaw Library on Vance Avenue!

We are excited about this new partnership with Memphis Public Libraries which is based around increased financial stability throughout our Memphis community!

If you missed us this week, make sure to come see us as we host two more free legal clinics next Tuesday and Wednesday at the Gaston Park Library from 11:00am-2:00pm.

We love us some service-oriented law students at the CLC!Last week staff attorneys Kerry Krauch and Colton Bane attended...
10/10/2022

We love us some service-oriented law students at the CLC!

Last week staff attorneys Kerry Krauch and Colton Bane attended University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law's Experiential Learning and Public Interest Fair.

As you can see, it was all treats and no tricks at our table!

Thank you Exchange Club of Greater Memphis for inviting Board Member Cristina Arce de Bagaglio and our Director of Devel...
09/29/2022

Thank you Exchange Club of Greater Memphis for inviting Board Member Cristina Arce de Bagaglio and our Director of Development and Communications, Spencer Beckman, to speak about the CLC's mission and impactful work all throughout Shelby County!

From what we hear, this was the most well-attended lunch in recent memory!

We are excited to announce the official start of our partnership with Su Casa Family Ministries!Last week, our team host...
09/23/2022

We are excited to announce the official start of our partnership with Su Casa Family Ministries!

Last week, our team hosted bilingual information sessions for Su Casa clients in order to connect them to our legal service offerings. In an attempt to prioritize affordable access, these services will be offered at no-charge to clients thanks to a generous equity-based grant from the United Way of the Mid-South!

Did you know that the Catholic Diocese of Memphis has a professional guild for "lawyers dedicated to upholding tenants o...
09/21/2022

Did you know that the Catholic Diocese of Memphis has a professional guild for "lawyers dedicated to upholding tenants of the Catholic faith in their professional identities," named after St. Thomas More (an English lawyer and judge)?

Yesterday, Staff Attorney, Colton Bane, and our Director of Development and Communications, Spencer Beckman, had the pleasure of joining this group at St. Peter Catholic Church to share about the CLC's work with our Memphis neighbors!

We are grateful for their support as well as their focus on providing compassionate legal work within the Memphis Diocese!

Today we are happy to celebrate both Citizenship Day and Constitution Day in the United States! As an organization regul...
09/17/2022

Today we are happy to celebrate both Citizenship Day and Constitution Day in the United States!

As an organization regularly supporting our Memphis immigrant neighbors, we know how meaningful and special a symbolic day, like today, can be to our CLC clients.

We are excited to welcome Carlos Rivera to the team as our new Program Coordinator!Prior to joining us, Carlos spent ove...
09/15/2022

We are excited to welcome Carlos Rivera to the team as our new Program Coordinator!

Prior to joining us, Carlos spent over 25 years serving in various capacities with the U.S. Department of Justice—ultimately, leading to a presidential appointment to the Senior Executive Corps.

A Memphian by choice, he earned his J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico and has (rightfully) adopted both the Memphis Grizzlies and Memphis Redbirds as his hometown teams!

Read more about Carlos and his previous involvement with an inmate civil rights case in his bio: https://clcmemphis.org/profiles/carlos-rivera/

Address

243 Adams Avenue
Memphis, TN
38103

General information

The CLC has evolved over the past 20+ years into a legal aid agency offering a number of civil legal services to those of limited financial means and those at risk, including populations not served by other legal aid agencies. Those who call us speak with a sensitive, bilingual intake coordinator. Each caller is treated with respect and, after detailed questioning, is either placed with the appropriate CLC program or referred out to another legal aid provider or appropriate social service agencies. If callers do not meet our income restrictions, we refer them out to private attorneys.

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

+19015433395

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