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Community Law Project Receives Major Grant to Support Free Legal Clinics

Community Law Clinic

The Community Law Project at California Western School of Law has received a $20,000 grant from the Parker Foundation to support the project’s five free legal clinics around the county.

The clinics provide citizens access to the legal system that they could not afford otherwise and are located in downtown San Diego, two in City Heights, and in the cities of Lemon Grove and Solana Beach.

“The Community Law Project is excited to be a recipient of a grant from the Parker Foundation,” says Executive Director Dana Sisitsky. “We are incredibly appreciative of the foundation's support and confidence in our work and know that this grant will assist us in providing much needed legal services to people in need throughout San Diego County.”

During 2014, the clinics provided legal services and community education presentations to more than 759 people—much of it through one-on-one meetings. Approximately one dozen California Western students along with more than 40 volunteer attorneys, undergraduate administrators, and clinic staff supervisors work together to provide the services.

The Community Law Project’s legal services help clients deal with a wide variety of legal situations, including:

  • Criminal Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Personal Injury
  • Fair Housing
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Access to Public Benefits
  • Immigration Law
  • Consumer Law

Since its inception in 2005, Community Law Project has served more than 2,000 clients. Of those surveyed, 92 percent reported leaving the clinic with a better understanding of how to solve their own legal problem or with information on where to receive the assistance they needed.

The Parker Foundation grant funds will go toward paying the salaries of the executive director and supervising attorney. Parker also awarded a grant to the Community Law Project in 2011 to support its pro bono legal services.

About the Community Law Project
The project was founded in 2005 with the mission of providing sustainable and competent legal services to low-income and indigent members of the local community, while advancing the profession of law by instilling a commitment to public service in its students.

About the Parker Foundation
The Parker Foundation was founded in October 1971 for charitable purposes leading to the betterment of life for all people of San Diego County. With a net endowment of more than $43 million, the Foundation has granted over $44 million since its inception.