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Community Law Project Releases 2019 Report

Community Law Project Participants

“Working for CLP has been a wonderful, eye-opening experience, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a great organization.”

Reflecting on her time as a California Western Community Law Project (CLP) 2019 student, Amanda Levinson describes the impact CLP has had on her journey through law school.

In her recently released report for 2019, Dana Sisitsky, CLP’s Executive Director praised Levinson and the other 32 law students who worked with CLP this year for demonstrating a commitment to the program and a passion for helping those in need.

“The students’ efforts to acquaint themselves with the needs of each client and their willingness to think outside the box in their teaching methods is what puts our community education programs in a class of their own,” says Sisitsky.

The Community Law Project’s mission remains two-fold, providing high quality legal assistance to vulnerable individuals throughout San Diego while supporting the clinical education of California Western School of Law students.

“Perhaps most importantly,” says Sisitsky, “The students learned about the paucity of resources available for low-income individuals and the vital role that pro bono attorneys and non-profit legal services play in making the American legal system accessible.”

According to Sistsky’s report, the most significant development of this past calendar year has been the sharp increase in housing-related legal problems that CLP’s clients have faced. The Community Law Project saw a 33 percent increase in the number of clients requiring assistance in getting their security deposits returned, defending an eviction case, fighting an illegal rental increase, and other issues related to housing law.

To meet these needs, CLP’s students and staff put together a series of community education presentations focused on tenant rights and responsibilities. According to Sisitsky, these innovative workshops have proven effective.

“This education, together with regular one-on-one assistance in our clinics, helped the Community Law Project serve 1,400 individuals during the 2019 calendar year,” reports Sisitsky.

“We remain passionate about our mission as we continue to make a significant impact on the lives of hundreds of clients across the county, as well as on law students at our institution.”

To learn more about the Community Law Project visit www.cwclp.org.

About California Western Community Law Project: CLP provides free legal information in a variety of practice areas to low income and indigent communities in each of its four clinics spread throughout San Diego County. California Western law students work one-on-one with clients and volunteer attorneys in a variety of legal areas, which allows them to experience the benefits of helping those in need while learning essential lawyering skills from experienced practitioners. www.cwclp.org