Civil Legal Services

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National

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, LEGAL SERVICES
www.findlegalhelp.org
The Consumer's Guide to Legal Help found on their website contains general legal resources organized geographically and by issue area.

LAWHELP
www.lawhelp.org
LawHelp.org provides links to legal services organized by state.

LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION
www.lsc.gov
3333 K Street NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 295-1500
The Legal Services Corporation is the largest single provider of civil legal aid for the poor in the United States, by funding 136 nonprofit legal aid programs. LSC grantees most frequently work on cases involving family law, housing and foreclosure, consumer issues, and income maintenance. LSC maintains a database of organizations which provide legal help.

PINE TREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE
www.ptla.org/links
Legal service organizations listed by state can be found at their website


Massachusetts

Harvard Clinics/Student Practice Organizations

WILMERHALE LEGAL SERVICES CENTER
www.law.harvard.edu/academics/clinical/lsc
122 Boylston Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-3003
The LSC is a general practice law office and a clinical practice learning facility for Harvard Law School students and offers civil legal assistance in community enterprise, housing, family and children, and general practice.

HARVARD LEGAL AID BUREAU
http://www.harvardlegalaid.org
23 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-4408
HLAB provides free legal services to low-income people in Middlesex and Suffolk counties with landlord/tenant, consumer, domestic relations, family law, and public benefits law.

HARVARD MEDIATION PROGRAM
www.law.harvard.edu/studorgs/hmp
Austin Hall, Room 002
1515 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-1854
HMP serves the greater Boston community, providing volunteer mediators in six area district courts in small claims, landlord/tenant, criminal, civil, and parent-child cases. Cases are mediated on the day of trial; if an agreement is not reached, they are heard in court.

TENANT ADVOCACY PROJECT
www.law.harvard.edu/academics/clinical/tap
Austin Hall, Room 009
1515 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-4394
TAP represents residents of publicly subsidized housing before local housing authorities, provides assistance to low- and moderate-income tenants facing eviction or who have been denied admission to public housing or a subsidy program. TAP also provides advice on general landlord-tenant questions.

TRANSACTIONAL LAW CLINICS
www.harvardtlc.org
Pound Hall 501
1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 998-0101
The Transactional Law Clinics consist of the Business and Non-Profit Clinic, Real Estate Clinic, and Entertainment Law Clinic. The Transactional Law Clinics collaborate with and provide legal assistance to individual and corporate clients, business assistance providers, non-profit organizations, community development corporations, and other community-based organizations engaged in commercial or economic development activities.

Lawyer Referral Services:

LEGAL ADVOCACY RESOURCE CENTER (LARC)
www.larcma.org
(617) 603-1700
(800) 342-LAWS
LARC operates a free legal hotline and completes intake screenings for Greater Boston Legal Services, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, and Community Legal Services and Counseling Center, in addition to some limited screenings for MetroWest Legal Services. LARC can provide help with housing, family law, public benefits, employment issues, consumer issues, CORI, and veterans' issues.

MASSACHUSETTS BAR ASSOCIATION LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE
http://massbar.org/for-the-public/need-a-lawyer
20 West Street
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 654-0400
(866) 627-7577
This referral service will match clients to fee-charging lawyers.

MASSLEGALHELP
www.masslegalhelp.org
This website contains a wide variety of information on the legal system in Massachusetts.

Legal Service Centers:

COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES COUNSELING CENTER
www.clsacc.org
One West Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 661-1010
CLSAAC provides free legal help and mental health counseling to low-income populations in the areas of family law, domestic violence, housing, disability benefits, and immigration/refugee issues.

GREATER BOSTON LEGAL SERVICES
www.gbls.org
197 Friend Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 371-1234
(800) 323-3205
GBLS provides free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to low-income people in Greater Boston in the areas of Asian outreach, elderly, employment, family, health and disabilities, medicare, housing, immigration, and welfare.

(Cambridge satellite office)
60 Gore Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 603-2700

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES
www.neighborhoodlaw.org
37 Friend Street
Lynn, MA 01902
(781) 599-7730

170 Common Street, Suite 300
Lawrence, MA 01840
(978) 686-6900
Neighborhood Legal Services provides free legal services to low-income and elderly residents in Essex and Middlesex Counties. It also provides a listing of free legal services.

Immigration Law Services

CATHOLIC CHARITIES IMMIGRATION SERVICES
http://www.ccab.org/refugee.html
275 W. Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 464-8100
Catholic Charities represents aliens in asylum proceedings; nominal fees are charged for representation. Criminal aliens are not represented. Family visa and battered immigrant spouse petitions.

POLITICAL ASYLUM/IMMIGRATION REPRESENTATION PROJECT (PAIR)
www.pairproject.org
254 Friend Street, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 742-9296
PAIR represents aliens in asylum proceedings, referral service and counseling, and referrals for DHS detainees.

Legal Services for Businesses/Nonprofits

LAWYERS CLEARINGHOUSE/BUSINESS PRO BONO COMMITTEE OF THE BOSTON BAR ASSOCIATION
www.bostonbar.org/sc/bl/prb/index.htm
(617) 778-1954
The Pro Bono Committee of the Boston Bar Association provides business attorneys to perform pro bono legal work for individuals and organizations.


Florida

FLORIDA LEGAL SERVICES, INC
www.floridalegal.org
2425 Torreya Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32303
(850) 385-7900

LEGAL SERVICES OF GREATER MIAMI
www.lsgmi.org
3000 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 500
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 576-0080
TDD (305) 573-1578
Florida Legal Services provides support and coordination for all legal service providers in Florida. 

FLORIDA RURAL LEGAL SERVICES
www.frls.org
FRLS provides free civil legal assistance to indigents and low-income elderly persons in thirteen counties in South Central Florida. FRLS also provides legal assistance to migrant farm-workers throughout the state of Florida.


Maryland

MARYLAND LEGAL AID BUREAU
www.mdlab.org
500 East Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 951-7777
Legal Aid provides comprehensive legal services to low-income persons throughout Maryland. More office locations are listed on the organization's website

MARYLAND LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION
www.mlsc.org
15 Charles Plaza, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 576-9494
MLSC, which provides grants to legal services agencies throughout Maryland, maintains a directory of legal services providers.


Michigan

LEGAL AID OF WESTERN MICHIGAN
www.legalaidwestmich.org
89 Ionia Avenue NW, Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 774-0672
Legal Aid of Western Michigan provides free legal services to low-income persons and senior citizens in the 17 counties of lower Michigan.

LEGAL SERVICES OF EASTERN MICHIGAN
www.lsem-mi.org
436 S. Saginaw Street
Flint, Michigan 48502
(800) 322-4512
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan specializes in housing issues, family law, senior law, public benefits, fair housing, and consumer/bankruptcy issues. Offices are located throughout Eastern Michigan, and the toll-free number automatically routes callers to the correct location.

LEGAL SERVICES OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN
www.lsnm.org
112 W. Washington Street, Suite 1
Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 228-5620
Legal Aid of Northern Michigan provides free legal services to low-income persons and senior citizens with several offices throughout the region.


New York

LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
www.legal-aid.org
199 Water Street
New York, NY 10038
(212) 577-3300
The Legal Aid Society of New York provides comprehensive legal services to clients with incomes at or below 125% of the federal poverty level, which is adjusted annually.  Clients with incomes at or below 200% of the poverty level may be represented if they fall within an exception, and if a supervising attorney authorizes assistance by signing a Financial Eligibility Exception form. The organization has many locations throughout New York.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE OF WESTERN NEW YORK
www.lawny.org
361 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-1465
LawNY provides civil legal services in fourteen counties of western New York through seven offices.

NEW YORK LEGAL ASSISTANCE GROUP
www.nylag.org
7 Hanover Square, 18th floor
New York, NY 10004
(212) 613-5000
NYLAG serves vulnerable populations with free legal services.


North Carolina

LEGAL AID OF NORTH CAROLINA
www.legalaidnc.org
224 South Dawson Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 856-2564
Legal Aid of North Carolina provides free legal representation in civil matters (non-criminal) to clients in all 100 counties in North Carolina through 24 geographically based offices and six statewide projects. 


Ohio

OHIO STATE LEGAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION
www.ohiolegalservices.org
555 Buttles Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215-1137
(614) 221-7201


Pennsylvania

MIDPENN LEGAL SERVICES
www.midpenn.org
213-A N. Front St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 232-0581
MidPenn Legal Services is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to providing equal access to justice and high quality civil legal services to low-income residents and survivors of domestic violence in 18 counties in Central Pennsylvania.

PENNSYLVANIA LEGAL AID NETWORK
www.palegalservices.org
The Louise Brookins Building
118 Locust Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101-1414
(717) 236-9486
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network provides strategic leadership and coordination for ten independent, regional legal aid programs and six specialized legal resource programs that comprise it.


Virginia

LEGAL SERVICES OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
www.lsnv.org
6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 500
Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 778-6800
The mission of Legal Services of Northern Virginia is to provide free, high quality civil legal services to low-income, elderly, or disabled individuals, who, without legal assistance, face the loss or deprivation of a critical human need such as food, shelter, medical care, income, family stability, or personal safety through several offices.

VIRGINIA LEGAL AID SOCIETY
www.vlas.org
513 Church Street
Lynchburg, VA 24505
(434) 528-4722
VLAS provides free legal help for individuals and families in housing, healthcare, economic self-sufficiency, education, public benefits, consumer issues, and family relations.


Washington, DC

LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
www.legalaiddc.org
1331 H Street NW, Suite 350
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 628-1161
Staff and volunteers of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia provide a continuum of services in a variety of legal areas from client education to full representation before a court or an administrative tribunal.

Last modified: September 28, 2011

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