Civil Law Project
Through the Civil Law Project (CLP), qualifying WC&S clients receive free legal representation for cases including Protection from Abuse (PFA), Custody, Support, and Divorce.
Women’s Center and Shelter Civil Law Project (CLP) is a law firm within WC&S. CLP was established to provide free legal advice and representation for victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) who are qualifying clients of WC&S. The legal services of CLP can be provided for civil legal cases such as Protection from Abuse, Custody, Support, and Divorce. For related Immigration cases, an attorney can also provide legal advice.
CLP staff include attorneys, paralegals, and a legal administrative assistant. This team works daily to offer legal advice and representation to qualifying WC&S clients to assist them in obtaining justice, autonomy, restoration, and safety.
In addition, CLP attorneys provide training on a regular basis on domestic violence law, procedure, and dynamics. These trainings are offered to attorneys and court personnel, community and professional groups, law enforcement, and other members of the justice system. CLP attorneys work on many committees and collaborative projects to improve the response of the justice system to all victims of domestic violence.
CLP is a very limited resource and has qualification requirements that are not applicable for other WC&S services, such as income guidelines. WC&S clients who are interested to know if they qualify can speak with advocates in the Legal Advocacy Department.